According to the documents, Cortez was affected on December 18 when he stabbed and killed a pedestrian on Coal near Tulane.
On the advice of Judge Bruce Fox, Cortez filed a lawsuit in court.
“I’m in pain, I’m in pain, and I don’t even know you. But I hurt because I have feelings and I am a human being. It breaks my heart to learn that it happened to that man,” Cortez said.
According to the documents, Cortez was driving with a revoked license and was on probation at the time of the crash.
Prosecutors have indicated that he did not abide by those conditions. They also pointed to his 20-year criminal history – including previous charges of a similar nature.
“It’s very disturbing to the state and I’ve been prosecuting these cases for a while. It is very unusual for a person to have been accused of murder by car multiple times. According to prosecutor Guinevere Ice, most people don’t usually go down that path of behavior.
Cortez’s defense argued it was just a catastrophic accident – saying he was speeding.
“Whatever my past is, yes, it’s black and white, I want you to know I’m a changed person,” Cortez said.
But our pleas were unsuccessful. Fox ordered Cortez to stay behind bars.
“There was a driver behind the defendant who said that she could clearly see pedestrians and crosswalks. There is no indication that the respondent used the break. And then there was an allegation of the smell of marijuana,” said Fox.
https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/suspect-in-deadly-crash-will-remain-behind-bars-until-trial/6343800/?cat=500 Suspect in fatal crash will remain behind bars until trial