Albuquerque Journal

 August 26, 1999

     

JUDGE DROPS CHARGE AGAINST EX-OFFICER

 

AROUND N.M.GALLUP A state district judge on Wednesday dismissed a charge of involuntary manslaughter filed against a former Gallup police officer in a fatal shooting. 

 

Judge Grant Foutz said he was throwing out the indictment against Michael Brandau because the man's rights had been violated when information gathered from an internal affairs investigation was turned over to criminal investigators.  The judge said he would issue the formal dismissal order.