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New Mexico Supreme Court upholds woman’s murder conviction

March 13, 2020 GMT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a Raton woman in the fatal 2016 shooting of her boyfriend.

The state’s highest court unanimously decided Thursday there was sufficient evidence to support Crystal Vigil’s conviction.

The court also rejected Vigil’s arguments that she failed to receive a fair trial.

She says the judge prevented the cross-examination of a witness about text messaging statements concerning the murder and declined to make an instruction to the jury that the defense initially requested but later withdrew.

Vigil was sentenced to life in prison for killing Zachariah Holderby in the house they shared in Raton.

Authorities say the couple were in the process of separating and the shooting occurred on a day in which they drank and used methamphetamine before arguing.

Vigil must serve 30 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole.