Thursday, November 03, 2022

NM: Trial Underway to Determine if Shooting of Luciano Montoya was Self Defense

Steven Candelaria fired in self-defense, fatally shooting an armed man who confronted him outside an Albuquerque apartment in 2020, a defense attorney told jurors Tuesday on the first day of Candelaria’s murder trial.

But prosecutors allege Candelaria and his brother arrived at Luciano Montoya’s apartment seeking revenge and pistol whipped a woman before firing more than a dozen gunshots at Montoya’s home, fatally injuring Montoya.

Candelaria, 31, is charged in 2nd Judicial District Court with first-degree murder and other crimes in the Nov. 17, 2020, shooting death of 39-year-old Montoya.

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