Man convicted at trial in double stabbing

Steve Garrison
Emerson Happy is seen on Thursday at the Eleventh Judicial District Court in Aztec.

FARMINGTON — A 41-year-old man was convicted today  for stabbing two men last June in downtown Farmington.

Emerson Happy was convicted on two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon on allegations he stabbed Cody Olachea and Jesus Valtierra on June 4, 2015, near South Orchard Avenue and East Broadway Avenue in Farmington.

Both men were stabbed after an altercation near KB Dillon's bar, according to arrest records.

A bloody knife was located by police in the grass near the scene of the incident, records state.

Olachea was treated for a stab wound to the upper chest and a collapsed lung. Valtierra was stabbed in the stomach, chest and left shoulder blade.

Prosecutor Trevor Maveal said both victims testified against Happy during the trial.

"Defense attorney Ruth Wheeler did a nice job, but the evidence in this case was strong and we are confident that the jury got it right," Maveal said. "Hopefully it's some measure of justice for the victims."

Aggravated battery with a deadly weapon is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to three years in prison and $5,000 in fines.

Maveal said Happy faces eight additional years in prison, and a minimum of four years in prison, due to prior criminal convictions.

A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.