Updates to our Terms of Use

We are updating our Terms of Use. Please carefully review the updated Terms before proceeding to our website.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | Back issues
Courthouse News Service Courthouse News Service

Voluntary manslaughter

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Matthew Chavez, convicted of murdering Army veteran Tyler Lackey during an attempted ATM robbery, is entitled to a new trial, the New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled. Chavez claims he acted in self-defense when Lackey drew his own gun, and the court agrees the state law required the jury to be instructed on voluntary manslaughter.

Read the opinion here.

Categories / Briefs, Criminal, Law

Subscribe to Closing Arguments

Sign up for new weekly newsletter Closing Arguments to get the latest about ongoing trials, major litigation and hot cases and rulings in courthouses around the U.S. and the world.