- The New Mexico attorney general’s office on July 8 dismissed 18 first-degree criminal sexual penetration cases against Brandy Stevens, Michael Stevens and Bennie Wabbington, according to court documents.
- The July 8 petition of dismissal states that the girl under the age of 13 will “in no way withdraw disclosure of sexual abuse.”
- Charges against a fourth defendant in the investigation are pending.
FARMINGTON – The Attorney General has dismissed cases against three people on multiple sexual abuse charges, citing testimony.
The New Mexico attorney general’s office dismissed 18 first-degree criminal sexual penetration cases against Brandy Stevens, Michael Stevens and Bennie Wabbington on July 8, according to court documents.
The three defendants were indicted on July 10, 2020 by the public prosecutor’s office of the AG.
Brandy Stevens faced eight counts while Michael Stevens and Wabbington faced four counts each.
The July 8 motion of dismissal states that the girl under the age of 13 will “in no way withdraw disclosure of sexual abuse.”
The motion also states that due to the death of a relative, the girl is unable to continue the cases.
“(Girl) has been cooperative in pursuing these matters and would have continued to do so had it not been for the unfortunate circumstances,” the motion said. “It is in (girls) best interests not to continue at this point.”
Attorney General Hector Balderas said in a statement to the Daily Times that his office’s top priority is prosecuting sexual violence against children.
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“We wholeheartedly support the survivors’ decision to protect their health and well-being and we will absolutely resubmit this case if they choose to,” said Balderas.
Julita Leavell, Wabbington’s attorney, said in a statement the San Juan District Attorney’s Office has refused to pursue the case twice for lack of evidence.
“The AG case was fraught with errors, lack of evidence, conflicting testimony and a general feeling of total disorganization on the part of the Office (AG),” Leavell said.
Kelly Golightley, Michael Stevens’ attorney, told the Daily Times that her client was very relieved that the case was dismissed.
Brandy Stevens’ attorney Lisa Torraco said in a statement that this decision to dismiss the case is a long time coming. She also claims that in this case, the child was trained to make these allegations.
“It is a tragedy that these false allegations hang over the heads of Brandy and Michael Stevens,” said Torraco.
The AG’s office stated at the end of the motion that it reserved the right to bring the charges again in the future, a statement Leavell did not welcome.
“To pretend for the (AG) office to get the three defendants through this illogical nightmare again is an extreme abuse of power and a wanton waste of resources,” Leavell said in a statement.
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Charges against a fourth defendant are pending.
Casey Stallings is currently incarcerated in a federal prison in Colorado, according to court records.
Joshua Kellogg reports on breaking news for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or by email at email@example.com.
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