UPDATED: 3:10 P.M., WEDNESDAY, JULY 25
By Carlos Padilla
John and Maria Hardiman appeared for a pretrial conference at 9 a.m., Wednesday, July 25, in Seventh Judicial District Court, on charges stemming from the April 2011 fatal mauling of Margaret Salcedo, who died after dogs owned by the Hardimans attacked Salcedo.
The Hardimans are facing five counts each for violating New Mexico’s Dangerous Dogs law.
The pretrial conference is being held to determine the readiness of this case for trial, which has been set for the week of Aug. 27-31, before Seventh Judicial District Judge Kevin Sweazea.
Mr. Hardiman has been on house arrest following a May 11 incident in Magdalena that put Hardiman in violation of his conditions of release.
From the sound of things in court this morning, both sides stand poised to settle on a plea.
The Herald was the only media in the courtroom today. See next week’s edition for the whole story.