Special Prosecutor Sought In ABQ Death

Aug 21, 2013

Albuquerque mayoral candidate Pete Dinelli is calling on the New Mexico attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the death of prominent civil rights attorney Mary Han.

The call by Dinelli and Han's family comes after Attorney General Gary King last week issued a scathing critique of the Albuquerque Police Department's handling of the case.

Family and friends have questioned the handling of Han's 2010 death ever since Albuquerque police quickly ruled it a suicide.

Han was a vocal adversary of the Police Department, and her family believes officers failed to look at other explanations.

Han was found dead in the driver's seat of her BMW inside her garage.

King said the case was "terribly mishandled" and the evidence fails to definitively indicate she took her own life.

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