Court reverses conviction in 2006 Clovis murder

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has overturned the convictions of a Clovis man for a 2006 murder.

Justices ruled Tuesday that hearsay evidence was improperly allowed into evidence during the trial of Robert Macias, who was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder in the killing of Wilfred Salas Jr. in January 2006.

Macias was convicted of shooting at a motor vehicle and sentenced to 22 years.

The Supreme Court sent the case back to the district court for a possible new trial.

Justices said recorded telephone conversations between Macias' girlfriend and her cousin were wrongly allowed as evidence. The cousin was in jail at the time. The girlfriend was not a witness to the killing but her recorded statements incriminated Macias.

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