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Man Charged in New Mexico Protest Melee to Be Released


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge ruled Monday that a man who opened fire after a fight broke out as protesters tried to tear down a statue of a Spanish conquistador will be released pending trial on charges of battery and unlawful carrying of a firearm.

The decision came during a detention hearing for Steven Ray Baca, 31. As part of the release conditions, Judge Charles Brown ordered Baca to not attend any protests, nor have contact with any witnesses or carry a firearm.

The charges stem from interactions with three unidentified women during a June 15 protest in Albuquerque. Prosecutors have not filed charges related the shooting that injured one man, saying the investigation is ongoing.


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