Trial in NM doctor’s death to be held in Gallup

August 10, 2013 • State News

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The trial for a man charged with killing a Farmington doctor with a pool cue will be held in Gallup.

A judge granted defense attorneys’ motion for a change of venue [auth] Thursday. Prosecutors wanted to try the case in Aztec.

The motion was filed after potential jurors in the trial returned a questionnaire. The Farmington Daily Times ( says more than half of the 175 potential jurors said they believe 19-year-old John Mayes is guilty of first-degree murder.

Mayes is accused of fatally beating Dr. James Nordstrom on June 9, 2011.

Nordstrom’s body was found in the backyard of his Farmington home.

Mayes is the son of Farmington City Manager Rob Mayes.

The trial had been scheduled to start on Aug. 20. A new trial date hasn’t been set yet.

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