Day one in the State of New Mexico versus Israel Herrera began State’s evidence, Tuesday.
After jury selection, Judge Charles Currier outlined the charges, felony murder and tampering with evidence, following the shooting death of Stephen Foster, 25.
In opening statements, Assistant District Attorney Matthew Stone gave a bare recital of the facts surrounding the incident. “On the night of Nov. 22, 2010, the victim drove to 1104 W. Walnut St. with a companion Christina (Tina) Rodriguez, also known as Herrera.”
According to Stone, Foster left the vehicle and went to the door of the residence. “He engaged in conversation with the defendant and returned to the van. He (Foster) began to back up and proceeded to lean down away from the driver’s side of the car,” said Stone.
He then described the sound of gunfire and the van veering out of control and up over the curb.
Stone relayed the situation when police arrived at the scene. “They found Ms. Rodriguez wandering around the alley. She was frantic. They Login to read more