Expert finds high alcohol use in New Mexico 2014 murder case

May 19, 2017

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An expert believes a former New Mexico deputy had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal driving limit the night he allegedly killed his partner. Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/2rAcTE5 ) psychologist Cecile Marczinski gave her testimony at Tai Chan's retrial on Thursday. Chan is accused of murder in Jeremy Martin's 2014 death. Marczinski says she calculated Chan's blood-alcohol level from that night by using receipts, witness statements, his body weight and an accepted scientific formula. She thinks Chan most likely had a blood-alcohol level of 0.24 grams per 100 milliliters — three times higher than the legal limit for driving. The report says Marczinski's calculation was necessary because Chan's blood-alcohol level was not measured the night of the shooting. ___ Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com