NM Prosecutor To Leave Office, Keep Roswell Case

Jan 21, 2014

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The top state prosecutor for two eastern New Mexico counties plans to step down soon but he says it won't affect his work on a school shooting in Roswell.

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler says he'll leave office March 1 to start a private law practice focusing on civil litigation.

The 9th Judicial District includes Curry and Roosevelt counties.

Chandler last week was named to handle the case in which a Roswell middle school student faces juvenile charges in the wounding of two other students.

The district attorney in Roswell stepped down because of conflicts of interests in her office.

Chandler told the Clovis News Journal that he'll stay on the Roswell case if it goes beyond his March 1 departure from office.