Judge Neil Candeleria on Tuesday ruled there is probable cause for two Albuquerque police officers to stand trial in the 2014 shooting death of a homeless man.

Retired officer Keith Sandy and officer Dominique Perez will face charges of 2nd-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and battery in court. The officers fatally shot James Boyd during a standoff in the foothills.

“Counsel, having considered all the evidence in the case and applying the standard of probable cause… The court finds—with the exception of involuntary manslaughter—that the state has established probable cause as to all the counts in the amended information. The court will bind the matters over for trial,” Candelaria said.

Special Prosecutor Randi McGinn argued Boyd, who suffered from schizophrenia, did not advance on the officers before he was shot. She also said Boyd was following orders before he was shot in the back, and that “reasonable people” do not shoot others in the back.

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