Deliberations continue in Santa Fe 'Good Samaritan' case

Posted at: 03/05/2013 10:41 AM
By: The Associated Press

Photo: Adrian Gonzales
Photo: Adrian Gonzales

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Jurors are entering their third day of deliberations in the murder trial of a Santa Fe man accused of killing a preschool teacher who intervened to stop a fight with his girlfriend.

The jury continued deliberating Tuesday in the case of 31-year-old Adrian Gonzales.

He is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery in the December 2011 stabbing of 21-year-old Victoriano "Mo" Moises Byrne-Gonzales and another man at the Butterfly Springs Mobile Home Park in Pojoaque.

He's also charged with battery for assaulting his then-girlfriend, Natasha Romero.

Prosecutors say Byrne-Gonzales was trying to do the right thing when he was stabbed in the neck while attempting to stop Gonzales from beating Romero.

But defense attorney Joseph Campbell says Gonzales was acting out of self-defense.

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