Trial delayed for man accused of aiding fugitive in deputy

Staff Report
The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - A trial has been postponed for a man accused of helping another man charged in the fatal shooting of a Bernalillo County sheriff's deputy last year.

Jury selection had been set to start today in state district court in Albuquerque for the trial of 36-year-old Nestor Vargas of Rio Rancho.

But Assistant District Attorney Troy Davis says the trial has been rescheduled for January.

Vargas is charged with aiding and abetting a fugitive and felon in possession of a firearm.

He is accused of helping Michael Paul Astorga, who is charged with murder in the March 22nd, 2006, killing of James McGrane Junior in Tijeras.

Astorga was captured April 3rd, 2006, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.