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New Mexico Court Reverses a Ruling That Overturned a Man’s Murder Conviction on Speedy Trial Violations

The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld a man’s murder conviction, overruling a state Court of Appeals decision that found his constitutional right to a speedy trial had been violated.

Jeremiah Gurule waited nearly six years in jail before a jury convicted him in 2016 of murder and evidence tampering in the stabbing death of his girlfriend, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

But the state’s high court ruled 3-2 Thursday that Gurule’s speedy trial rights weren’t violated because the circumstances involved lengthy considerations of his mental competence to stand trial.

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