Maez leaving House to focus on family

Rep. Stephanie Maez is giving up her seat in the Legislature to concentrate on the trial of her son, who is facing murder charges. Maez’s resignation will be effective November 5, although she said she would tender her resignation letter to the Secretary of State’s office today. The Albuquerque Journal first reported the news of Maez’s pending resignation. New Mexico Political Report reached out to Maez but was unable to contact her. She told the Journal the reason for her resignation was to focus on her family. We will add any response from Maez to this story.

When pulling a story from your website doesn’t mean you retract it

KOB-TV is backing off of a controversial story that appeared on the same day news broke that a suspect charged with murder is the son of a New Mexico state representative. Well, kind of. The story, titled “Credibility of State Rep. Stephanie Maez in question,” quoted extensively from an unnamed woman who told the TV station Donovan Maez had been homeless since age 11. Stephanie Maez is the mother of Donovan. Donovan, 18, was arrested on multiple charges Friday evening for the late June killing of Jaydon Chavez-Silver.

Son of state representative arrested in killing of teen

The son of a state representative from Albuquerque was arrested this weekend for the fatal shooting of a Manzano High School student. Donovan Maez, the 18-year-old son of state Rep. Stephanie Maez, D-Albuquerque, was charged with an open count of murder and other charges in the late June killing of Jaydon Chavez-Silver. Albuquerque police are looking to arrest others in connection to the killing, according to a press release from Officer Simon Drobik, a spokesman with the department. Police say that Donovan Maez and his friends were kicked out of a party at a house near Lomas and Tramway house after a “large fight” that occurred weeks before the fatal shooting. The complaint says he and friends returned on June 26 and fired a gun from a car into the kitchen window during a party.