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Judge to suspect: Watch the eye roll

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Crime > Alcalde man awaits trial while in detention center

By Tris DeRoma

If there’s one thing Los Alamos Detention Center inmate Andrew Abeyta is learning while awaiting trial, it’s don’t roll your eyes when the judge is talking to you.
During a routine status hearing for Abeyta Tuesday in magistrate court, Abeyta allegedly said an offhand remark in the courtroom that apparently didn’t go over well with the police officers within earshot.
When they reported the incident to the presiding judge, Pat Casados, she addressed Abeyta about the incident.
“I’m going to give you a little bit of advice. You’re on a short string with these officers right now, a very short string,” Casados said. “You’re about to fall into a very deep abyss. I think you should change your attitude toward them at this point in time, or you’re going to have even a worse time. They may even bring some more charges against you. Do you understand?”
That’s when he responded with an eye roll.
Casados noticed immediately.
“While you roll your eyes….I’m wondering if you think this is a joke?” she said.
Abeyta said no, and that he really didn’t mean anything by his comment to the officers.
“If I said anything, it wasn’t intentionally meant to them,” he said to the judge.


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