Judge denies motion to detain New Mexico compound suspects

Story from KOB.com

Judge Sarah Backus made the determination not to detain five adults arrested after a raid in northern New Mexico earlier this month.

The suspects in the #NMCompound child abuse case will be released on a signature bond. They will not have to pay money to be released and most likely will be released from custody tomorrow. 

"Siraj Wahhaj, Hujrah Wahhaj, Lucas Morton, Jany Leveille and Subhannah Wahhaj each face 11 counts of child abuse, after 11 children were found living in deplorable conditions at the site. " 

How was this decision made? Judge Backus says the state failed to show evidence the suspects were a danger to the community.

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In a statement sent to KOB following the hearing, Gov. Susana Martinez said she "strongly disagreed" with the hearing's outcome and Backus's decision. 

"Unfortunately, it highlights how extreme the New Mexico Supreme Court has been in dictating pretrial release for all kinds of dangerous criminals," she said. 


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