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Preliminary Hearing Begins For Officers Who Shot James Boyd

Screenshot of KOAT-TV livestream of Monday's hearing.
Defense lawyer Sam Bregman and former APD officer Keith Sandy, who faces murder charges in the death of homeless camper James Boyd, in the courtroom Monday.

A judge heard testimony Monday in a preliminary hearing for a case against two Albuquerque police officers who fatally shot homeless camper James Boyd last year. The judge will determine whether or not the officers, who face murder charges, will go to trial.

The standoff between Boyd and APD officers was recorded on police body cameras – and the video went viral soon after it was released to the press.

When questioned by Special Prosecutor Randi McGinn, Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden said he had only seen the video once.

“I saw the video once back in March,” Eden said.

“Ok, so you can’t tell me how many seconds it was between the time the officers said 'hello' and then pulled their guns on Mr. Boyd?” McGinn inquired.

“I cannot,” Eden replied.

Eden also said he had not read the investigative report describing the shooting of Boyd by former APD officer Keith Sandy and Dominque Perez, who is still with the department.

The judge is expected to hear from witnesses throughout the week before deciding whether to send the case to trial.

Audio credit: KOAT-TV was one of multiple stations that is streaming the hearing live online.

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