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The following is a selected overview of case activity in the Taos County court system. All dates and times are subject to change.

Trials

Oct. 16

Rafael Orozco, jury trial – Taos District Court, Courtroom A, Judge Sarah Backus

Orozco, charged with assaulting his wife, newborn baby and a health care worker at Holy Cross Hospital in 2016, picked up additional charges in jail on Jan 1., including one felony, a misdemeanor and a petty misdemeanor.

Andrew Bernard Mott, jury trial – Taos District Court, Courtroom A, Judge Sarah Backus

Mott, a 58-year-old Costilla resident, was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an off-duty New Mexico State Police officer and his family with a .45-caliber firearm on March 11.

Mott will be tried on four fourth-degree felony counts. For more information on this story, read our past coverage online in The Taos News at bit.ly/2qJwr7Q.

Oct. 31

David Lewis, jury trial – Taos District Court, Courtroom A, Judge Emilio Chavez

A Monday (Sept. 18) district court jury trial scheduled in Taos for David W. Lewis, a Carson man charged with four felony counts of criminal sexual penetration of a child under the age of 13, was postponed after a motion to push back the trial date – and potentially dismiss the case – was filed by the defense.

The jury trial has since been rescheduled for Tuesday (Oct. 31), pending a motion on the part of the defense to dismiss the case due to continuing delays in bringing the case to trial.

Hearings

Sept. 1

Brandon Lopez, motion for continuance – Taos District Court, Courtroom A, Judge Sarah Backus

A motion for continuance in the case of Lopez, who stands accused of firing the bullet that fatally wounded 23-year-old Destiny Valdez at the bypass Shell gas station in Taos on Feb. 3, was ordered in court, vacating a trial date that had been set for Oct. 16.

A new trial date has not yet been set.

Sept. 28

Juan David Gonzalez, docket call – Taos District Court, Courtroom B, Judge Jeff McElroy

A trial set for Gonzalez’s case was rescheduled this month after a probation officer set to testify could not make the original court date on Oct. 2. According to Chief Deputy Ron Olsen of the Eighth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, a new trial date may be set for November.

Gonzalez and two accomplices were accused of fleeing two New Mexico State Police officers attempting to serve a warrant for Gonzalez’s arrest in the Ranchos de Taos Post Office parking lot on Dec. 5, 2016. Gonzalez allegedly fired an assault rifle at the pursuing officers during a car chase.

Gonzalez will be tried on four felony counts and one misdemeanor. For more information on this case, read our past coverage online in The Taos News at bit.ly/2eWvPs2.

Sept. 29

Raymond Martinez, plea hearing – Taos District Court, Courtroom B, Judge Jeff McElroy

A hearing for a plea agreement struck between Martinez and the Eighth Judicial District Attorney’s Office was postponed due to numerous court delays on Sept. 29. Under the plea, Martinez would plead guilty to criminal sexual contact with a child under 13 years old, a third-degree felony. A new hearing date will be set for later this month.

Oct. 4

Corwynn Valencia, motion hearing – Taos District Court, Courtroom B, Judge Jeff McElroy

On Sept. 11, Valencia allegedly stole a tow truck that carried another vehicle and led multiple law enforcement agencies on a 9-mile pursuit around the town of Taos. Valencia was wounded by a bullet fired by an officer during the pursuit and was arrested in El Prado that night.

His charges include multiple counts of aggravated assault upon a peace officer with a deadly weapon; unlawful taking of a motor vehicle; criminal damage to property; aggravated fleeing from a law enforcement officer; leaving the scene of an accident involving damage to a vehicle; as well as one count of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

A no-bond hold was replaced with a $1,000 cash surety bond in district court this month, allowing Valencia to be released on conditions that include wearing a GPS unit, being on house arrest, drug and alcohol testing and a mental health evaluation prior to release. A concurrent motion was also filed in Taos Magistrate Court.

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Nov. 13

Martin Rivera, jury trial – Taos District Court, Courtroom B, Judge Jeff McElroy

Rivera, a Ranchos de Taos man who had been released on prior charges last year, allegedly committed a string of crimes from April 6-11 with a juvenile accomplice, including a stabbing and multiple assaults and armed robberies that extended from Taos County south to Río Arriba County.

Rivera will be tried on eight felony counts and one petty misdemeanor. For more information on this story, read our past coverage online in The Taos News at bit.ly/2pNJt7d.

Dec. 18

Rafael Orozco, jury trial – Taos District Court, Courtroom A, Judge Sarah Backus

On Sept. 21, 2016, Orozco allegedly struck his wife and newborn baby at Holy Cross Hospital and assaulted a health care worker, touching off a lockdown at the hospital and a monthslong search for the suspect. Orozco will be tried on two felony counts and one misdemeanor.

For more information on this case, read our past coverage online in The Taos News at bit.ly/2x5dl34.

Ricky M. Romero, jury trial –  Taos District Court, Courtroom A, Judge Sarah Backus

Romero, a sergeant with the Taos County Sheriff’s Office who ran for sheriff in 2014, was charged with illegally billing a Medicaid program for taking care of a disabled relative during a time period when he also was on duty with the sheriff’s office, according to a complaint filed by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office.

Romero will be tried on 21 felony counts. For more information on this case, read our past coverage at bit.ly/2w0bOpP.

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