Carlos Fierro, serving a prison sentence for vehicular homicide, testifies Monday in court at the vehicular homicide trial of his passenger, Alfred Lovato. (Jane Phillips/The New Mexican)
State District Judge Michael Vigil on Monday afternoon tossed (again) the vehicular homicide case against Alfred Lovato, a former state cop who was a passenger in a car that struck and killed pedestrian William Tenorio in 2008.
Vigil, some may remember, tossed this case before saying there was no legal grounds to charge the passenger with the same charge as former attorney Carlos Fierro was charged with (Fierro was convicted of vehicular homicide in a jury trial in 2009 and is currently serving a prison sentence in Los Lunas).
The Court of Appeals, basically, sent the case back to Vigil’s court saying a passenger could, in fact, be charged with vehicular homicide under certain circumstances. That’s a pretty huge ruling and one that Assistant District Attorney Donna Bevacqua-Young felt was worthy of using this case as a good test run for.
The problem is I talked to a dozen or so people familiar with the case over the past month or so and didn’t hear one — not one (more…)