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Homeless man's past center of hearing involving 2 Albuquerque officers facing murder charges


ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — The criminal past of a homeless camper shot and killed by Albuquerque police is the center of a hearing involving a former officer and current officer facing murder charges.

Lawyers for Officer Dominique Perez and former Detective Keith Sandy are set Friday to argue that prior arrests of 38-year-old James Boyd should be allowed in the trial. The attorneys say Boyd previously attacked police.

But a special prosecutor says if Boyd's past wasn't known at the time of the shooting, it shouldn't be allowed in court.

James Boyd, who authorities later said suffered from schizophrenia, was shot during a standoff in March 2014 in the Sandia Mountains foothills. Video of the shooting showed Boyd appearing to surrender before Perez and Sandy opened fire.

Attorneys for the officers say their clients did nothing wrong.

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