- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2020

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) - The preliminary hearing in the criminal case against a former northern New Mexico mayor has been delayed more than two months due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Las Vegas Optic reports the hearing for former Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron has been rescheduled for June 8 due to statewide bans on gatherings of more than five people.

Gurule-Giron was charged in December with six felonies related to abuse of power, bid-rigging, and offering and receiving bribes, prosecutors said. She has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say Gurulé-Girón pressured city employees to give contracts to her boyfriend’s construction company.

A lengthy investigation by the Attorney General’s Office led to a raid of her home and City Hall in June 2019.



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