By: ABQRAW staff

Posted: 12/01/2023 @ 1:30PM

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Albuquerque, NM – The Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office is committed to the pursuit of justice. The week of December 04, 2023, there are five jury trials taking place in Bernalillo County.

Ruben Benavidez

Case Number: D-202-CR-202300010

· First Degree Murder (Willful & Deliberate) (Firearm Enhancement)

· 3 counts of Tampering with Evidence

Nicholas Chavez

Case Number: D-202-CR-202101431

· First Degree Murder (Willful & Deliberate)

· Tampering with Evidence

Luis Alvarez-Torres

Case Number: D-202-CR-202202400

· 3 counts of Aggravated Assault (Deadly Weapon) (Firearm Enhancement)

· Shooting at a Dwelling or Occupied Building (No Great Bodily Harm)

· Aggravated Fleeing a Law Enforcement Officer (No Injury or Great Bodily Harm)

James Bitakis

Case Number: D-202-CR-202201597

· 5 counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration in the First Degree (Child Under 13)

· 4 counts of Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor Second Degree (Child Under 13) (Unclothed)

· 4 counts of Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor Third Degree (child Under 13)(Clothed)

· Bribery of a Witness (Threats-False Testimony)

· 2 counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor

Maria Flores

Case Number: D-202-CR-201904061

· Aggravated Battery (Deadly Weapon) (Household Member)

***As always, defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they’re convicted in a court of law.***

For more information about the Bernalillo County DA‘s office or if you are the victim of a crime and you are in need of help, the Bernalillo County DA’s website has information for victims services and resources to help victims of various crimes. The Bernalillo County DA’s Victim’s Resource Center website information can be found here.

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