Tucumcari Mayor found not guilty

Thomas Garcia

After seven hours of eyewitness and expert testimony, Quay County Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett on Wednesday found Tucumcari Mayor Antonio Apodaca innocent of an animal-cruelty charge.

“Thank God that justice prevailed and is well and alive in Tucumcari,” Apodaca said after Wednesday’s court appearance.

Apodaca, 61, was accused of dragging a dog with his car, a