New Mexico ex-lawman in deputy killing posts bond

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Posted: Nov 18, 2014 1:13 PM

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A former sheriff's deputy charged with first-degree murder in the killing of a fellow lawman during an alcohol-fueled argument in New Mexico has been released on bail.

Ex-Deputy Tai Chan was released Monday night after posting $600,000 bond. His lawyer earlier Monday entered a not guilty plea in state District Court to the murder charge on Chan's behalf.

Authorities say Chan fatally shot fellow Santa Fe County Deputy Jeremy Martin at a Las Cruces hotel last month after they drank at a nightspot and got into a heated argument.

Police said the two deputies were staying at the hotel after dropping off a prisoner in Arizona.

Chan lost his job after the arrest.