Rio Arriba Sheriff James Lujan
A criminal complaint was filed May 21 against Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan and Lujan’s attorney Nathaniel Thompkins entered a not-guilty plea May 22 on his behalf to Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados.
Española police had arrested Lujan for refusing to comply with a search warrant in relation to an earlier charge of obstructing an investigation in March.
Lujan waived his appearance in court and Judge Casados released him on his own recognizance.
According to the Rio Arriba Magistrate Court Clerk’s Office, Lujan’s next court date is not scheduled yet. However, the case will be heard in Rio Arriba County, according to the court clerk’s office.
Lujan is charged with two counts of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.
Lujan was housed overnight May 21 in Los Alamos County Detention Center and after Magistrate Court Judges Joseph Madrid and Alexandra Naranjo recused themselves, Casados was assigned to his case, the court clerk’s office reported.
Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb is prosecuting this case.