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Charges dropped against LA jailor

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By Tris DeRoma

 

The Santa Fe District Attorney’s office has dropped its domestic violence case against Kevin Trujillo, a jailor at the Los Alamos Police Department.

Marc Edwards, Trujillo’s attorney, said the decision came after a lengthy interview with the victim in the case.

“I can’t speak for the DA’s office, but the notice to me that it wasn’t going to prosecuted came after a lengthy interview with the alleged victim,” Edwards said.

The assistant district attorney in charge of reviewing the case, Michael Nunez, said there were two reasons why they decided not to pursue the case.

“Based on the facts, evidence, further investigation and the fact that the victim did not wish us to proceed, we believe this was not a case we could successfully prosecute,” Nunez said.

Trujillo was charged with aggravated battery (deadly weapon, third-degree felony) upon a household member last year in August in Rio Arriba County Magistrate Court.

According to court documents, the charges came to light when emergency room doctors at Presbyterian Hospital in Española contacted police over an injured person in their care. Doctors told police a bone break, located in the patient’s upper left arm, seemed suspicious, in that it could not have happened through falling down.

According to court documents, the doctor told police on the scene that the break could only have happened if the arm was pulled or twisted. The victim alleged, according to court documents, they had both been drinking and that the last thing she remembered was being involved in an altercation with Trujillo before waking up with her injury a short time later.

According to LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone, Trujillo is still with the police department and on active duty.