The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - A man accused of fatally shooting another man in Albuquerque almost three years ago has rejected a plea deal.
Thirty-year-old Elton Richard is now scheduled to stand trial October 22nd in state district court in Albuquerque on a charge of second-degree murder.
Richard yesterday rejected an offer by Assistant District Attorney D'Ann Rasmussen to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and serve up to 18 months in prison.
Police say 34-year-old Daniel Romero was killed December 30th, Richard's attorney, Billy Blackburn, contends Romero broke into Richard's garage.
Court documents allege Richard chased Romero, who was shot once.