Press release: Officer indicted by Curry County grand jury

Contact Person: Captain Patrick Whitney, 575-763-9436

On Friday, January 21st, 2011 a Curry County Grand Jury found probable cause and returned a “True Bill” indicting Clovis Police Officer Stephen Gallegos on charges of Homicide by Motor Vehicle and Great Bodily Harm by Motor Vehicle stemming from the November 17, 2010 motor vehicle crash that claimed the life of passenger Mary Castillo and injured driver Edith Payton. Officer Stephen Gallegos was driving a Clovis Police car on-duty at the time of the crash.

Officer Stephen Gallegos has been placed on paid Administrative Leave in accordance with department and city policy pending the outcome of the judicial process. Officer Gallegos retains both legal and personnel due process rights.

No further comment will be made by the department in this matter allowing the legal process to take its course within the judicial system.