ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The public defenders representing a man accused of fatally shooting an Albuquerque police officer are being fined for failing to show up at a hearing.
The Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday a judge has ordered the Law Office of the Public pay $250 for skipping the last-minute hearing in September.
Defense attorneys Jeff Rein and Heather LeBlanch were both out of town at the time.
Judge Briana Zamora says they caused unnecessary delays in the trial of Davon Lymon. She says their office could have asked to reschedule or for another public defender to appear.
Prosecutors had asked for a “massive fine” or other sanction.
Lymon is facing murder and other charges in the shooting of Officer Daniel Webster during a traffic stop in October 2015.
Webster died eight days later.
Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com