- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A Santa Fe judge has denied a motion to declare a mistrial in the case of a man charged in the slayings of an El Rancho family.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://bit.ly/1U1SvDZ ) that Nicholas Ortiz’s attorney moved for a mistrial after witness and Jose Roybal mentioned a previously undisclosed agreement with the prosecution that entitled him to protections from prosecution.

Ortiz is accused of killing Dixie and Lloyd Ortiz and their special-needs adult son, Steven, with a pickax in 2011. The suspect was not related to the Ortiz family.

Judge Francis J. Mathew denied lawyer Dan Marlowe’s motion for a mistrial but offered to let him question Roybal again.

Roybal had testified that he waited outside the Ortiz family home while his friend attacked the family.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com


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