- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Prosecutors are asking that the retrial of a former Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy in 2014 be moved to February.

The original retrial of Tai Chan was set for Nov. 28, but Chief Deputy District Attorney Gerald Byers filed a stipulated motion Sept. 2 asking that the new proceedings be moved. Chan had been charged with first-degree murder in fellow deputy Jeremy Martin’s death.

Prosecutors say reconvening witnesses for a trial during the holiday season would be more difficult and expensive than delaying the trial.

Chan and Martin were in Las Cruces the night of the shooting in October 2014, staying at a hotel after transporting prisoners to Arizona.

Chan’s attorneys say the shooting was in self-defense.

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