- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 11, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A jury has resumed deliberations in the trial of two former Albuquerque police officers who shot and killed a homeless man after an hourslong standoff.

The 12-member jury received the case Thursday afternoon after a nearly three-week trial, and deliberated for a full day Friday before the holiday weekend. They returned Tuesday.

Jurors must decide whether now-retired Detective Keith Sandy and former Officer Dominique Perez were justified in the March 2014 shooting of James Boyd, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

Sandy and Perez are charged with second-degree murder in Boyd’s death. Sandy also is charged with a count of aggravated battery.

Their attorneys say they opened fire to protect the life of a K-9 handler who lost control of his police service dog and chased after it bringing him within roughly 10 feet of Boyd.

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