Regional
5:59 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

Las Cruces Police Cleared In Wrongful Death Suit

Las Cruces – In a unanimous decision, a 12 member jury this afternoon found the City of Las Cruces and the Las Cruces Police Department not liable in the death of 68-year-old Alvin Moore.

Moore was in a crosswalk at the corner of El Paseo Road and Main Street the morning of July 25, 2005 when he was struck and killed by a man involved in a pursuit with Las Cruces police after allegedly robbing a middle aged woman and stealing her sport utility vehicle (SUV).

Garza adds that the City's outside legal counsel, Damien Martinez with the Las Cruces law firm of Holt, Babbington, Mynatt and Martinez, did an outstanding job proving to the jury that the police officers involved in the incident acted within the scope of their duties, and were in full compliance of police procedures and the law.

"This was an extremely long and complicated trial," Garza said. "But it was very important that we - the City of Las Cruces - saw it through to the end to demonstrate that we stand behind and support our police officers."

The six and a half day civil trial held in Third Judicial District Court in Las Cruces began January 24th before State District Court Judge Michael Murphy.