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Conejos trial starts today

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 29th, 2013

Courier staff writer

CONEJOS — After a full day of jury selections, the trial of a Capulin man accused of attempted second-degree murder is set to begin this morning.

Francisco Quintana will go before a jury of 10 women and three men, including one alternate, to face charges stemming from the August 2011 shooting of Zachary Rodriguez in Capulin.

In addition to the felony count of attempted second-degree murder, prosecutors have charged Quintana with first-degree assault, felony menacing and misdemeanor drug use.

Potential jurors and their relatives filled the Conejos County Courthouse on Monday, and the process to whittle those numbers down took up much of the day.

By 6:25 p.m., the court had called its 41st prospective juror to the stand, leading 12th Judicial District Judge Michael Gonzales to promise everyone that they were almost done for the day.

“Honest, folks: We’re to the bitter end now,” he said

But after a brief pause, the judge revised that statement.

“I know I’ve said that for the last four and a half hours,” he added, to laughter from the courtroom.

District Attorney David Mahonee and Deputy District Attorney Mark Loy are representing the state; defense attorneys Francisco Martinez and David Martinez are representing Quintana.

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