Chan is accused of firing 10 gunshots at Jeremy Martin in 2014., also a Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy, during a drunken fight on the hotel’s seventh floor.
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LAS CRUCES – Ex-Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Deputy Tai Chan testified in his own defense Friday, saying he shot fellow deputy Jeremy Martin because he feared his colleague was going to kill him.
Chan told jurors he was “in a fight for my life,” claiming it was Martin who armed himself first and that he had wrestled the gun away from Martin.
“I was in a lot of fear, and I was shooting to ensure he wouldn’t shoot back at me,” Chan told the jury.
Chan, who is facing a first-degree murder charge, recounted events of the night of Oct. 27-28 of 2014, which started as a good-natured evening of drinking, but ended with Chan firing 10 rounds at Martin, five of which struck him in the back, at Hotel Encanto. Chan has claimed the shooting was an act of self-defense.
Chan was the final person to testify in the retrial. Testimony wound down late Friday afternoon. Closing arguments are set for Tuesday, the next available day in 3rd Judicial District Judge Fernando Macias’ schedule.
Prior to reaching the hotel at the end of the night, the two had argued during their last stop, Dublin’s Street Pub on…
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