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Las Cruces Sun-News' Justin Garcia discusses the direct verdict in the second-degree murder trial of former LCPD officer

Christopher Smelser in court on Monday, July 11, 2022

After two years of hearings, motions and a pandemic, the trial of Christopher Smelser ended abruptly Thursday when the judge declared the defendant not guilty. Las Cruces Sun-News public safety reporter Justin Garcia sits down with KSFR to discuss the trail proceedings, the abrupt ending, and where things go from here.

Gino Gutierrez was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A lifelong resident of New Mexico, Gino found interest in broadcasting after falling in love with sports and sports broadcasting. He attended the University of New Mexico, where he majored in mass media journalism. While at UNM, he worked the New Mexico Daily Lobo, serving as both sports and managing editor. He can also be heard providing play-by-play commentary for the NA3HL New Mexico Ice Wolves.