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KOAT Legal Analyst John Day explains why defense asked to move Boyd trial

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December 4, 2015 KOAT KOAT legal analyst John Day explains why the defense requested to move the James Boyd trial to Las Cruces in Dona Ana County.  With ample media coverage of the James Boyd shooting preliminary hearing in the Santa Fe and Albuquerque areas, Keith Sandy’s attorney wants a fair, unbiased trial for his client. “If they didn’t ask for…

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John Day speaks to KOAT about Steve Casaus sentencing

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November 10, 2015 KOAT Steve Casaus will be sentenced today for the murder of his nine year old stepson Omaree Varela.  Egolf + Ferlic + Day’s John Day spoke to KOAT this morning to discuss the different possibilities of sentencing for Casaus. Steve Casaus was found guilty on several charges including negligent child abuse resulting in death which carries a…

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John Day breaks down the Steve Casaus Verdict

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September 11, 2015 KOAT John Day, KOAT legal analyst, breaks down the Steve Casaus verdict in the Omaree Varela child abuse trial.  Jurors deliberated for eleven hours and found Steve Casaus guilty on 5 charges including child abuse with reckless disregard.  However, the most severe charge, child abuse resulting in death, the jury found Steve Casaus not guilty.  John Day…

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John Day discusses the impact of a sick juror in Steve Casaus Trial

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September 10, 2015 KOAT KOAT Legal Analyst John Day discusses the impact of a sick juror in the Steve Casaus trial.  The 9 men and 3 women jury deliberated for 4 hours on September 9 before being dismissed for the day.  This morning, one juror called in sick, leaving deliberations on hold for the entire day.  John Day explains to…

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John Day discusses three dropped charges in the Steve Casaus case

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September 8, 2015 KOAT John Day, KOAT Legal Expert, discusses the 3 dropped charges in the Steve Casaus case with Shelly Ribando.  Due to lack of supporting evidence, Judge Stan Whitaker ruled to drop the charges of the bite mark on Omaree Varela’s arm, malnutrition of Omaree and laceration on Omaree’s head.  Seven more serious charges, including child abuse resulting…

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John Day breaks down the Steve Casaus Trial

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September 3, 2015  KOAT KOAT TV Legal Analyst John Day breaks down the Steve Casaus trial from today’s testimony from the first responders.  Police officers, paramedics and firefighters took the stand to testify matter-of-factly what they witnessed when they entered the Varela Casaus home, and found nine year old Omaree Varela unresponsive laying down on a bed with his feet…

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KOAT Legal Analyst John Day discusses Omaree Varela Trial

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September 3, 2015 KOAT KOAT Legal Analyst John Day speaks to KOAT TV news anchor Shelly Ribando about the Omaree Varela trial.  During today’s testimony, several letters were read to the jury from Omaree’s mother, Synthia Varela Casaus, seeming to implicate Omaree’s stepfather, Steven Casaus, of the murder of Omaree.  Omaree Varela, 9, was found unresponsive in his home on December 27, 2013.  Further…

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John Day to represent Donovan Maez in Chavez-Silver murder trial

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August 18, 2015 Albuquerque Journal Prominent criminal defense attorney John Day is representing State Representative Stephanie Maez’s son, Donovan Maez, who is accused of shooting Jaydon Chavez-Silver on June 26.  Representative Maez spoke to reporters Monday evening outside of her father’s house, stating she promises she will stand by her son. Maez attorney, John Day, told reporters “What we’re doing is conducting…

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KOAT Legal Analyst John Day explains probable cause

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August 17, 2015 KOAT Santa Fe criminal defense attorney  and KOAT TV’s legal analyst John Day speaks to KOAT TV’s Doug Fernandez about the James Boyd case.  Day explains the terms “probable cause” verses “beyond a reasonable doubt”.  In New Mexico, the law states a police officer can commit justifiable homicide if he acting as a reasonable officer.  The judge…

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