Tuesday, August 09, 2022

NM: Followup, Nathaniel Basset found Not Guilty in Self Defense Killing of William Buchanan

A jury acquitted Taos County resident Nathaniel Basset, 36, on murder charges Friday afternoon (Aug. 5) after a weeklong trial.

Basset was initially charged with the first-degree murder after he was accused of shooting and killing 43-year-old William Buchanan at a Carson Estates resident in August 2020. After three full days of witness testimony and arguments by the state and defense, the jury ultimately found Basset not guilty of second-degree murder or the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.

Basset testified Friday morning that he shot Buchanan, but claimed he did so only in self defense, or in defense of others who he thought would be harmed. After approximately two-and-a-half hours, the jury agreed.

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