Tai Chan Trial: Detective who found blood, bullet casings in hotel room testifies
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KFOX14) —
A detective who searched a hotel room where a Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy was shot testified in court Monday.
Former deputy Tai Chan is accused of killing his partner, Jeremy Martin, at Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces on Oct. 28, 2014.
In court Monday, Las Cruces Police Detective Severo Torres testified that Chan fired 10 shots at Martin, and five bullet casings were found in a room the men shared.
The other five were found in the hallway outside the room.
The detective also said he found Martin’s gun in the hotel room, saying there’s no way Martin could have defended himself against Chan.
Torres also testified that Martin ran to an elevator after he was shot.
Police said five of the 10 shots fired by Chan struck Martin in the back.
During the trial, the prosecuting attorney, Rusty Prindle, called Torres to the stand, who got a search warrant for room 711.
Photographs were shown to the jury that showed blood stains on the bed that was believed to be Chan’s blood from a physical confrontation he had with Martin, the prosecution said.
Police also found Martin’s gym bag, which contained two holstered guns zipped up inside.
Torres said three shots hit Martin while he was exiting the room.
A video was shown to the jury of the elevator on the seventh floor of the hotel. Torres pointed to a jury which elevator Martin ran to while he was being shot at by Chan.
"It's in the line of sight as you're looking down the hall. Mr. Martin didn't take that elevator to get to the ground floor he actually went to the adjacent one which is the one on the left. You can't see it too well but there's blood stains where he was touching it,” Torres said.