The third day of the James Boyd murder trial just wrapped up.
A very brief summary of what we have learned over the last few days..
The entire day was spent by the defense trying to discredit the states first witness. Ex Irving police officer Jeff Noble. Noble was a member of a SWAT team in the 1980’s, recognized as a use of force expert, and is now a non-practicing lawyer. Before Noble took the stand, defense attorney Sam Bregman told the jury that Mr Noble had very little knowledge of the James Boyd case and he was right.
Second day: Jeff Noble still on the stand.
Randi McGinn asks for Nobles expert opinion on the actions of Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez
“The officers through the use of their reckless planning were moving toward and attacking Mr. Boyd,” (Jeff Noble)
Sam Bregman turned up the theatrics, at one point Judge Hadfield told Bregman to stop badgering the witness. The defense continued to burn up time by harping on a bank robbery / officer involved shooting that Noble had been a part of. Dominique Perez’s attorney Luis Robles added with the economic differences between Albuquerque and Irvine California, saying that Nobles time in California couldn’t possibly be the same as Albuquerque therefore he should be disqualified from giving testimony on this particular case. Noble admitted time and time again that he hadn’t seen ALL the lapel videos in the case, which delighted the defense as they tore him apart.
When Tuesday came to an end, Judge Hadfield ripped into courtroom observers, saying a juror told her she heard someone talking about her and the court was reminded of the decorum rules.
Today starts off with the dismissal of a juror, who was eventually named juror #30. A KOB videographer took the stand to say that he overheard the juror on Tuesday afternoon, outside the courthouse talking on the phone about the case saying “Sam Bregman is loud.” Randi McGinn wanted the juror removed but Bregman and Robles didn’t. Judge tossed juror #30 after she felt the juror lied to the court when asked about the phone call.
Next witness, Detective Geoffrey Stone.
Stone did many of the interviews in the following days of the shooting. In fact, the interview that was conducted with Keith Sandy was done two days after the shooting. The first several hours were spent discussing the mishandling of evidence, particularity Perez’s rifle. The state pointed out that there was no policy that prevented Sandy or Perez from talking about the case in the days following, nor was there a way to prevent the officers from viewing lapel camera footage before making their statements. McGinn tried to use life size cutouts of the officers but to show jurors what the officers were wearing while responding to James Boyd. Judge Hadfield wouldn’t allow the cardboard cutouts. McGinn was essentially trying to show how the militarized garb worn by the officers, plus the show of force, escalated the situation, contrary to standard operating procedures (SOP’s).
The second half of the day was spent on what the Repeat Offenders Program (ROP) team consisted of, what they did, why they were there, and what the difference between the ROP and the SWAT teams were. Sandy was ROP, Perez was SWAT.
State attorneys grilled Detective Stone on why Sandy went to the scene when he wasn’t on duty.
Prosecutors played the dashcam video from NMSP officer Chris Ware’s squad car, highlighting Sandy making the statements that he would shoot James Boyd, two hours before the shooting occurred.
The day ended with McGinn wanting to play an excerpt from the lapel video from K-9 handler Scott Weimerskirch, but the Judge thought it was better to continue Thursday.
We will bring you more information as the trial continues.