Woman at center of shooting death claims man fired in self-defense

Posted: March 30, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Tanya Deaguero (Photo courtesy Santa Fe County jail)

A woman at the center of a feud that led to the September shooting death of 24-year-old Julian Cordova told a judge Wednesday that she believes the shooting was in self-defense.

Tanya DeAguero, 27, of Santa Fe said the father of her two children, Marcos Cordova, told her March 24 that he planned to kill Russell Harris, the 37-year-old man facing an open count of murder. Marcos Cordova is Julian Cordova’s brother.

DeAguero said in the preliminary hearing for Harris’ case that Marcos Cordova had told her Harris “was through.”

“He had said it plenty of times. I didn’t think he would actually act on his words,” DeAguero said.

DeAguero, who has been incarcerated at the Santa Fe County jail on unrelated charges since January, said Harris “was like a brother to me,” and the feud between him and Marcos Cordova stemmed from her breakup with Cordova.

She also told a judge that when she spoke with Harris shortly after the shooting, he told her Julian Cordova had lifted his shirt and reached for a gun. Marcos Cordova testified Tuesday that his brother was unarmed when Harris shot him, and a gun was not retrieved by police at scene of the shooting.

State District Judge Michael Vigil is being asked to determine whether there is enough evidence to have Harris bound over for trial on a charge of first-degree murder, second-degree murder or manslaughter.

The preliminary hearing, originally scheduled to end Wednesday, will resume Monday morning.

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