Rio Arriba County Undersheriff Martin Ray Trujillo Bound Over on Felony Charge

Espanola, NM – Special Prosecutor, Andrea Reeb, announced that yesterday evening, after a three-hour preliminary hearing, the Honorable David Segura, Magistrate Judge from Santa Fe, NM, found that there was probable cause that Martin Ray Trujillo, age 53, of Espanola, committed Solicitation to Aggravated Assault Against a Peace Officer (deadly weapon) a fourth-degree felony.

The charge stemmed from an incident on May 21, 2020.  The undersheriff is accused of ordering his subordinates to draw guns on other officers who arrested his boss, Sheriff James Lujan. Trujillo directed his officers to draw their weapons against the Taos County Sheriff’s deputies and Espanola police officers, who were at the Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office serving search warrants.

Trujillo faces up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.  The case will now be assigned to District Court and will be scheduled for an arraignment.

Andrea Reeb, District Attorney from Clovis, NM, was assigned as Special Prosecutor by the Attorney General’s Office.  Trujillo was represented by his attorneys, William Snowden, of Los Alamos, NM, and Damion Horne, of Gallup, NM.

For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.