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WATCH: Fmr Cop Tai Chan Testifies About Killing His Partner


Tai Chan, the former Santa Fe, New Mexico sheriff’s deputy facing murder charges for shooting and killing his partner, Jeremy Martin, is about to take the witness stand in his own defense. Watch his testimony live in the player above.

Chan claims he shot and killed Martin in self-defense. The two were staying overnight in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on their way home after a long-distance prisoner transport assignment. They were out drinking before the shooting, acquaintances who were with them testified.  Martin’s blood alcohol level was .102 at the time of his death, though the measure of alcohol in other fluids was a .119.  Chan’s blood alcohol level was estimated by an expert witness to be a .24, three times the legal limit for driving.

This is the second murder trial Tai Chan has faced.  His first trial ended in a hung jury and, therefore, a mistrial.


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Aaron Keller is an attorney licensed in two states. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. During law school, he completed legal residencies in the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General and in a local prosecutor’s office. He was employed as a summer associate in the New Hampshire Department of Safety, which manages the state police, and further served as a summer law clerk for a New York trial judge. Before law school, Keller worked for television stations in New York and in the Midwest, mostly as an evening news anchor and investigative reporter. His original reporting on the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Halbach was years later featured in the Netflix film "Making A Murderer."