Teen may face careless-driving charge
Prosecutors say a Questa teen who caused a motorcycle crash that left two Colorado men dead last year will not face vehicular homicide or involuntary manslaughter charges, The Associated Press reported.
But District Attorney Matthew Chandler, who was appointed as a special prosecutor in the case, said 16-year-old Gerald Bailon could be charged with careless driving.
“Reviewing this case was extremely difficult; it wasn’t something that was taken lightly,” Chandler said.
State law doesn’t support the more serious charges, Chandler added.
Leslie Walker, 59, and Tim Serles, 41, both of Pueblo, died in the crash on Memorial Day weekend 2004.
The accident occurred on N.M. 38 between Questa and Red River, where a large bike rally is held every year on Memorial Day.
DA’s office has new prosecutor
The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office has a new prosecutor.
Erin Sumrall was hired as an assistant trial prosecutor for the 9th Judicial District. She is from Grady and graduated from the Texas Tech School of Law in December of 2003, according to a press release from the prosecutor’s office.
She comes to the 9th Judicial District from Hobbs, where she was an associate attorney with Maddox and Holloman, P.C.
Portales man will serve jail time
A Portales man last week was found guilty of trafficking cocaine and sentenced to four years in prison, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office.
Rickey Garmon, 54, will have to serve five years of supervised probation upon release from the Department of Corrections, the press release said.
The charges stem from a March 5, 2004, investigation, when officers were called to a Portales residence to investigate suspicious activity in a vehicle, the release said. Officers located two baggies of crack cocaine in Garmon’s pants, the release said.
Assistant District Attorney Dee Dee Hoxie prosecuted the case for the state.
— From staff and wire reports