The New Mexico Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed the conviction and sentence of Dallas Hnulik of Artesia for the 2010 murder of his girlfriend, Brandy Capps.
In its decision, the Court of Appeals agreed with Office of the Attorney General Criminal Appeals Division, Attorney General Hector Balderas said in a released statement.
Balderas said he prioritized the case early in his administration and his prosecutors successfully convicted Hnulik of second-degree murder in July 2015.
“My office will continue to work with local law enforcement across New Mexico to attack violent crime and keep the most dangerous criminals behind bars,” Balderas said. “Violence against women and domestic violence will not be tolerated in New Mexico, and I am thankful for hard work of the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office and Pecos Valley Drug Task Force. I am also very proud of the Office of the Attorney General prosecutors for securing this conviction and our Criminal Appeals Division for working to have this hard fought conviction upheld.”
In the summer of 2015, Hnulik was convicted after a Carlsbad jury deliberated for only two hours. In November of that year, Fifth Judicial District Judge Lisa B. Riley sentenced him to 12 years of incarceration for murdering Capps, who suffered a gunshot wound to the face at a range of approximately 4 inches.