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Vigil to face pre-trial hearing Oct. 30


September 23, 2014

QCS Staff

Isaac Vigil, a state police officer accused of assaulting a household member, will face a pretrial hearing in October and docket proceeding in November in preparation for a December jury trial, Quay County Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett decided on Thursday.

The hearing has been scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Oct. 30, court records show.

Garnett also lifted an order that prohibited Vigil from visiting his children but ikept in place an order that prohibits Vigil from seeing the alleged victim.

Vigil is facing a misdemeanor charge of battery against a household member. A felony charge of child abuse was dropped against Vigil on Sept. 4.

Kirk Chavez, Vigil’s attorney, said Vigil is “completely innocent of the crimes” and is seeking a jury trial.

Vigil was arrested on the night of Aug. 14, after Tucumcari officers responded to a report of domestic violence at a residence in the 700 block of Escuela Avenue, Pete Rivera, Tucumcari deputy police chief, said. Chavez said the incident allegedly occurred in Vigil’s home and involved a live-in girlfriend.

Vigil remains on paid administrative leave, State Police Captain Matt Broom said. Vigil has been on leave since his arrest. While on leave, Vigil is not allowed to conduct any law enforcement activities and, per policy, has surrendered his patrol vehicle, police-issued firearm and badge, according to State Police Sgt. Damyan Brown, a state police spokesman.


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