LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A suspended Sunland Park municipal judge
accused of voter fraud has pleaded not guilty.
Horacio Favela, who is 48, was arraigned Monday on six charges
including false voting, falsifying election documents and falsely
swearing in a municipal election.
State District Judge Stephen Bridgforth allowed Favela to remain
free on his own recognizance.
Favela is accused of voting twice in the 2004 general election -
once in Texas and once in New Mexico.
He also is accused of living in El Paso, Texas, not Sunland
Park, making him ineligible to run or hold the judgeship that he
won in the March municipal election.
The New Mexico Supreme Court suspended him without pay March 27
pending the outcome of the case.