Destruction of gun leads to end of murder case

November 6, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors say they’re disappointed that a police detective’s failure to have a seized gun preserved has resulted in the destruction of the gun and dismissal of a [auth] 2010 murder case.

KOB-TV ( ) reports that charges were dismissed against Oscar Orejal after it was learned that the gun was destroyed in 2012.

Orejel was accused of shooting at an SUV and of hitting Miguel Barragan, who was killed.

A judge granted a defense mistrial motion which said a police detective indicated he was too busy to arrange to have the gun saved.

The District Attorney’s Offife says it’s working with Albuquerque police “to see that such a situation never arises again in the future.”

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