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Judge postpones hearing on motion to disqualify DA in Albuquerque police shooting case


ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — A court date to decide whether District Attorney Kari Brandenburg should be taken off a high-profile police shooting case has been postponed.

District Judge Alisa Hadfield rescheduled the hearing for March 12 after an attorney for the former detective charged in the case said he needed more time to discuss a court filing.

Lawyers for Albuquerque SWAT team member Dominique Perez and former detective Keith Sandy are seeking to remove Brandenburg from the case due to a conflict of interest.

The lawyers say that bribery allegations made by Albuquerque police against Brandenburg tainted her efforts to proceed without the appearance of bias.

Brandenburg has called the arguments "absurd."

Brandenburg drew national attention in January for seeking murder charges against Perez and Sandy for the shooting death of a homeless man.

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