Ohio man accused of killing officer indicted on US charges

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An Ohio man accused of killing a southern New Mexico police officer has been named in a five-count federal indictment.

Jesse Denver Hanes of Columbus pleaded not guilty during an arraignment Wednesday in federal court in Las Cruces.

The indictment issued Tuesday charges Hanes with federal firearms and carjacking offenses stemming from an Aug. 12 traffic stop during which Hatch police Officer Jose Chavez was fatally shot.

Defense attorney Mario Esparza says his client was one of three people in the car stopped by Chavez and wants his day in court.

The 38-year-old Hanes also faces state charges that include first-degree murder.

Thousands gathered Sunday to pay respect to Chavez. The 33-year-old was the father of two daughters and had served on the Hatch police force for two years.

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