Gomez: I stabbed him

April 29, 2011 • Local News

James Gomez took the stand in his own defense, Thursday, and admitted to stabbing Zachary Perez in February 2010. “I stabbed him. I don’t know many times.”

The confession from the witness stand came after the state rested its case on day three of the trial of The State of New Mexico v. James Gomez. Gomez, 20, is charged with first-degree murder for killing of 16-year -old Zachary Perez.

Perez’s body was found around 3 a.m. on Feb. 13, 2010, in a vacant lot between Mulberry Avenue and Fifth Street. Before Gomez testified, attorney Randall Harris presented a motion to the court for a directed verdict, where a presiding judge directs the jury to return a particular verdict.

Harris argued, “We have no evidence, no witnesses, directly linking James Gomez to the murder. We have opines. We have mights and maybes…. I don’t question the procedural knick-knacks, but the elements are not there.” Assistant District Attorney Debra Hutchins countered, “We have the evidence.

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