Ohio man pleads not guilty to killing New Mexico officer

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An Ohio man accused of killing a southern New Mexico police officer has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/2cAiypL ) that Jesse Denver Hanes of Columbus pleaded not guilty on Monday to the seven charges he is accused on in connection to the Aug. 12 death of Hatch police Officer Jose Chavez.

Prosecutors say Hanes shot Chaves during a traffic stop.

Hanes has been accused of willful and deliberate murder, methamphetamine trafficking, distribution of marijuana, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He has also been charged with federal crimes in connection to Chavez’s death.

No trials have been scheduled in either the federal or state case.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com

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