ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The ex-girlfriend of a man accused of fatally shooting a Rio Rancho police officer says he never wanted to be arrested again or go back to prison.

Andrew Romero is charged with first-degree murder in the May 2015 death of Officer Gregg Benner.

The jury trial for the 29-year-old Romero started last week in Valencia County District Courthouse.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2cJt0vA) Tabitha Littles testified Wednesday as part of a plea deal in which authorities dropped multiple charges against her.

The day Benner was killed, Littles told the court Romero robbed an Albuquerque fast-food restaurant and the couple then purchased drugs.

After driving around all day getting high, she says they went to Rio Rancho to find another place to rob before being stopped for a questionable license plate.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com