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Case Number: 1:18-cr-03495-JCH
Court: United States District Court for the District of New Mexico (Bernalillo County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office
Description: Albuquerque, New Mexico involuntary manslaughter in Indian Country charge criminal defense lawyers represented Defendant,Douglas Smith, 71, of Española, New Mexico.
In the early morning hours of May 5, 2018, Smith shot a woman he believed was trying to break into his mother’s camper trailer. Smith walked outside his residence to investigate a motion sensor alarm, armed with a .22 caliber handgun. When he saw someone at the door of the camper trailer, he fired multiple rounds, one of which struck the victim in the upper left temple, killing her. No weapons or burglary tools were located near the victim.
The incident occurred on the Santa Clara Pueblo and the victim was an enrolled member of the Santa Clara Pueblo. Smith is non-Indian. Smith faces up to eight years in prison.
The Santa Fe Resident Agency of the FBI investigated this case with assistance from the Española Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Novaline Wilson and Kyle Nayback are prosecuting the case.
18:1152 and 1111: Second Degree Murder
Outcome: Defendant was found guilty by a jury.