Man says no to plea deal in Albuquerque slaying

Staff Report
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.

Blackburn says Richard was protecting his home.