Man accused of shooting during Oñate protest to be released ahead of trial


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Steven Baca appeared in court Monday morning. He will be released from custody and required to report to pretrial services.

Judge Charles Brown ordered Baca to not attend any protests or have contact with any witnesses. He is also not allowed to carry a weapon.

According to police, Baca shot a protester multiple times during a demonstration calling for the removal of a Juan de Oñate statue near Old Town.

Baca faces two counts of battery and an aggravated battery charge against three women at the protest. District Attorney Raul Torrez dropped the charges for the shooting last week.

The district attorney's office believes the judge allowing Baca to go free is a mistake.

'We continue to believe that Baca is a threat to public safety and reserve the right to revisit the possibility of his detention as new witnesses and evidence become available in this ongoing investigation,' a spokesperson for the district attorney's office said in a statement.