By Russell Contreras
The Associated Press
The sentencing phase for an Albuquerque man convicted of murdering a Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputy will be moved out of Bernalillo County and delayed for at least six months, a state district judge ruled Monday.
Judge Neil Candelaria granted a request from Michael Astorga’s attorney to change venues for a jury selection hearing over fears that Astorga may not get a fair trial. Astorga, who was convicted in the 2006 killing of Deputy James McGrane Jr., faces a possible death sentence.