Post by SoulTrainOz on Jun 14, 2006 21:45:52 GMT -5
Last Update: 06/14/2006 1:17:36 PM By: Reed Upton
The Bernalillo County District Attorney has filed notice that she intends to seek the death penalty against an Albuquerque man accused of fatally shooting a sheriff’s deputy.
District Attorney Kari Brandenberg, who has said she intends to personally handle the prosecution of Michael Paul Astorga, had until mid July to decide whether to seek the death penalty.
Astorga was indicted on April 14th of the murder of Bernalillo County Deputy James McGrane in March of this year.
McGrane had pulled over the truck Astorga was alleged to be in shortly after midnight March 22nd in Tijeras Canyon for a routine traffic stop when he was shot in the head once from a range of about ten feet.
At the time of the shooting, Astorga was wanted for another murder that took place in Albuquerque in November of 2005. Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White said at the time that he believed Astorga shot McGrane in order to avoid being identified and arrested for the previous murder.
Astorga, the object of a massive manhunt for 12 days, was taken into custody in Ciudad Juarez by Mexican law enforcement the morning of April 3rd.