Attrep will be 4th judge in Wood case

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Courts > Charges stem from crash in November, hearing set for Monday

By Tris DeRoma

Earlier this month, two judges selected to preside over the case of a Los Alamos man arrested on two counts of homicide by vehicle were recused.
Robin Wood, 36, is accused of driving a car while impaired and causing a deadly accident. The accident occurred on N.M. 30 in late November of last year.
The crash took the life of Elizabeth Quintana, who was driving to her job in the early morning hours at the bakery of Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos, according to deputies with the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department.
Also injured in the crash was Wood’s passenger, a 40-year-old woman, Mary C. Gaelgens. Wood was driving to a residence in Española when the crash occurred.
In May, Santa Fe District Court Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer recused herself from the case, explaining that she could not show impartiality to Wood after she became familiar with his ongoing struggles with drug addiction through past court cases.
“I know him through my knowledge of drug court,” she said before facing Woods to address him. “You are a person I have an affinity for, based on how well and how earnest you were in drug court. I can’t be fair to the state and I can’t be fair to the state for the arraignment. So I’m going to recuse myself. “Cisco, I wish you well. I’m sorry about this for the family (Quintana) I’m sorry about this for Cisco.
“I don’t think I could be impartial to the state.”
Shortly after Wood’s arraignment, District Court Judge T. Glenn Ellington was excused from the case on June 11 for the same reasons as Sommer and the case was assigned to Judge Matthew Wilson.
However, on June 17 Wilson was excused from the case, as well. The case was then assigned District Court Judge Jennifer Attrep, who is the district Judge for Los Alamos County.
According to the Santa Fe First Judicial Court website, Wood’s present attorneys are Sydney West and Damian Horne.
Judge Attrep has a scheduling conference set for Monday regarding the case.
Wood could face up to a maximum six years in prison, as well as up to $10,000 in fines if he’s convicted.