In this Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, photo, Barie Goetz, the state's crime scene reconstructionist, right, looks at photos of James Boyd's clothing on screens projected by special prosecutor Elicia Montoya, center, in order to explain a bullet trajectory to the jury during the trial of now-retired Detective Keith Sandy and former Officer Dominique Perez in the shooting death of homeless camper James Boyd in District Court in Albuquerque, N.M. (Greg Sorber/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool) (The Associated Press)
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FILE - In this Tuesday Sept. 20, 2016, file photo, defendants Keith Sandy, former Albuquerque Police Department detective and former Repeat Offender Project officer, left, and Dominique Perez, right, former Albuquerque police officer and SWAT member are seen in court in Albuquerque, N.M. Sandy and Dominique Perez are charged with the 2014 fatal shooting of an armed, homeless man, James Boyd. Defense attorneys have argued that Boyd, who was mentally ill and had history of violence against law enforcement, was a threat. Perez’s legal team began laying out its case Wednesday, Sept. 28, saying he was obligated to shoot to protect the life of a K-9 handler. (Jim Thompson/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool, File) (The Associated Press)
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FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2015, file photo, former Albuquerque Detective Keith Sandy, left, and Officer Dominique Perez speak with attorneys during a preliminary hearing in Albuquerque, N.M. The case against Perez and Sandy has stirred questions over how police handle conflicts with people in crisis and who have mental illness. Perez’s legal team began laying out its case Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, saying he was obligated to shoot to protect the life of a K-9 handler. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File) (The Associated Press)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The wife of a former police officer charged in the shooting death of a homeless man in New Mexico says the couple has faced mounting legal bills, threats and uncertainty about the future as the case has made its way to trial.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Tiffanie Perez recounted the emotional and financial toll the case has taken on the family.
She says the couple's lives have been stalled until the legal case is resolved.
Dominique Perez and now-retired Detective Keith Sandy are standing trial on second-degree murder charges in the death of 38-year-old James Boyd.
Perez's legal team began laying out its case Wednesday, saying he was obligated to shoot to protect the life of a K-9 handler.
Special prosecutor Randi McGinn counters that Boyd was turning away and surrendering when he was shot.