State Supreme Court to rule on Hobbs woman’s release during appeals process

HOBBS, N.M. (KRQE) – The New Mexico Supreme Court has set a date to decide whether Alexis Avila will be released from prison pending her appeal. Last year, a jury convicted Avila of throwing her newborn baby in a trash can two years ago. She was sentenced to 16 years in prison. A district court judge ruled that she would remain behind bars during the appeal process, but the appeals court ultimately ruled that Avila should be released.

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Today, the New Mexico Supreme Court stepped in to decide what should happen during the appeal. The New Mexico Department of Justice hopes it will decide whether to put Avila back in prison. Avila’s hearing in state Supreme Court is scheduled for Nov. 7.

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