Santa Fe DA’s will handle Judge Murdoch rape prosecution case

Posted: July 27, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Santa Fe's Chief Deputy District Attorneys Doug Couleur (top) and Juan Valencia (bottom) will handle the prosecution of Albuquerque's State District Judge Albert "Pat" Murdoch, who has been accused of raping a prostitute. (New Mexican file photos)

The prosecution of State District Judge Albert “Pat” Murdoch’s rape case will have a Santa Fe connection.

Because of the obvious conflict of interest with Albuquerque DA Kari Brandenburg’s office handling the case after working in front of Murdoch on pretty much a daily basis, the case had to be sent out of the area to another prosecutor.

That dropped the case in the lap of First Judicial District Attorney Angela “Spence” Pacheco, who on Wednesday said the prosecution of Murdoch will be handled by her two top guns, Chief Deputy District Attorneys Doug Couleur and Juan Valencia.

That pair most recently worked together (well, most recently at least in terms of high profile cases) on the prosecution in the Scott Owens vehicular homicide case in April.

Murdoch, in case anyone doesn’t know, was arrested by Albuquerque police earlier this month and accused of raping a prostitute who allegedly filmed sex acts between the two. His attorneys have said he is the victim in this case and there have been several recent hints at shoddy, or at least questionable, investigative work in the case.

It will be interesting to see how Couleur and Valencia proceed with the case once they get a hold of the evidence from APD on the case.


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