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Rio Arriba Co sheriff: State Police failed in de Dios Cordova case
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A judge said there will not be another investigation into a key piece of evidence that was destroyed after a fatal crash.

Juan de Dios Cordova is accused of killing motorcyclist Mark Wolfe last may while driving drunk.

The truck he was driving was taken to a tow yard and later destroyed.

A State Police report came out blaming the Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Department for destroying that truck.

Sheriff Thomas Rodella said State Police did not investigate what they were supposed to and that is why he asked that one of his deputies be allowed to conduct his own investigation into the truck.

"We want the special prosecutor to do what we expected the state police to and what we're willing to undertake and that is, look into the facts of this case. How did that truck get crushed? How did that happen? Who authorized it?" Rodella said.

Monday, a judge said the Rio Arriba County Sheriff's office cannot do its own investigation. He basically said the sheriff's office is a witness in the case and cannot interview other witnesses.

The District Attorney's Office agrees, saying it is inappropriate.

Sheriff Rodella said he is going to fight the judge's decision. He also said the State Police officer who did the investigation gave information to the two service that eventually demolished the truck.

Rodella said that is a conflict of interest.

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