Rio Arriba man’s blood alcohol content admissible in vehicular homicide trial

Posted: September 9, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Juan de Dios Cordova in a Santa Fe County jail booking mug from 2009.

From an article published Friday morning in The New Mexican:

A state district judge on Thursday ruled that the results of a blood alcohol test can be entered into evidence if a Rio Arriba County man goes on trial for vehicular homicide.

Police say a blood sample taken from Juan de Dios Cordova, 56, several hours after a May 28 crash near Chimayó showed he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.14. The crash, which killed Algodones motorcyclist Mark Wolfe, occurred on N.M. 76, also known as the High Road to Taos.

Cordova, the brother of former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Nelson Cordova, sat in shackles and an orange jail jumpsuit Thursday at the first day of his two-day preliminary hearing to determine if the case will proceed to trial.

Public defender Damian Horne argued that faulty handling of the evidence and the time between the accident and the blood draw should bar the BAC results from being admissible in court. The crash occurred around 6 p.m. but Cordova’s blood sample was not taken until after 10 p.m.

State District Judge T. Glenn Ellington, however, said he sees no evidence the blood sample was contaminated. (READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE)

Here are some past articles on the case:

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