Juvenile defendant released pending trial in Santa Fe murder case

The jury acquitted Rachel Smith in the death of an infant she was babysitting.

SANTA FE — A woman who was acquitted of killing an infant at a Santa Fe motel in March 2017 got credit for time served while awaiting trial for convictions on lesser charges and will no longer be incarcerated. In a trial that began in June, Rachel Smith, 27, was found not guilty of child…

Rachel Smith walks out of court after being acquitted of child abuse resulting in death in District Court on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican Angel Arellano, mother of Jonathan Valenzuela, cries in district court on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, as the jury read a not guilty verdict for Rachel Smith for…

“It would be extremely difficult, if not unethical, for the state to go forward with the trial at this point without setting our minds at ease that we do indeed have the right person in the courtroom”

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By Ari Burack | aburack@sfnewmexican.com    A 17-year-old Santa Fe boy who prosecutors maintain was involved in the slaying of a Michigan man in September, despite dropping a murder charge against him, has been arrested in a new shooting case, authorities say.    Zachary Gutierrez was arrested by Santa Fe police Feb. 12, following a…

By Phaedra Haywood | phaywood@sfnewmexican.com Charles Galvan, 44, and his son, Carlito Quintana Speas, 23, reached plea agreements of no contest Monday to charges related to the rape of a 15-year-old girl at a fiesta party in 2015. Photos by Gabriela Campos/The New Mexican Quintana Speas received five years probation in his plea agreement. Speas…

Woman accused of Child Abuse Resulting in Death Released from Jail

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