No New Trial For Deming Family In Gun Smuggling Case

Mar 19, 2014

A U.S. Appeals Court has reversed a lower court's decision granting a new trial for New Mexico family accused in a gun smuggling case.

The 10th Court of Appeals announced Wednesday it has reversed a U.S. District Court's ruling granting a new trial from Deming couple Rick Reese and Terri Reese and their son Ryin Reese.

A federal judge in the case previously granted the defendants a new trial because the government didn't tell the defense that a prosecution witness had been the subject of an investigation.

But the federal appeals court said the trial's outcome likely would have not been different.

A jury convicted the three in August 2012 of making false statements. They were acquitted of most of the charges that they sold weapons to Mexican drug cartels.

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