New Mexico police officers to face second degree murder charges in death of homeless man

Two New Mexico police officers will face second-degree murder charges in last year's shooting death of a homeless man near a tent in the mountains where he had been camping.

Special Prosecutor Randi McGinn's office said Monday it will pursue charges against Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez that could land each officer 15 years in prison.

Both officers have denied wrongdoing in the case.

James Boyd's death sparked angry demonstrations around Albuquerque, with protesters calling for reforms following several police shootings.

Authorities later said Boyd was schizophrenic and hadn't received proper treatment. He was shot during a March 2014 standoff in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains.

Video of the shooting showed Boyd appearing to surrender before Perez and Sandy opened fire.