Aztec man allegedly strikes neighbor with metal stake

Michael Boyd is accused of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon

Joshua Kellogg
Farmington Daily Times
Michael Boyd

FARMINGTON — An Aztec man is accused of striking another man in the head with a metal stake during an alleged argument over a dead dog.

Michael Boyd, 47, was charged in Aztec Magistrate Court with a third-degree felony count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to court records. 

Boyd is accused of striking a man in the head with a two-foot metal garden stake on the night of June 16 near a residence on the 1200 block of North East Aztec Blvd., law enforcement officials wrote in the criminal complaint. 

Steve Murphy, Boyd's attorney, said he was out of the country and wasn't familiar with Boyd's case.

When officers for the Aztec Police Department arrived on the scene, the victim had blood running down the left side of his face and his pants were "soaked" in the front with blood, according to court documents. 

The officers later found Boyd at a nearby mobile home. He told police the whole incident was in self-defense. 

Boyd then told police his wife spotted a dog tied up in the victim's yard that was dead and that he removed the dog from the victim's yard and buried it.

Boyd then waited for the victim to get home so he could confront him about the dead dog, which was allegedly the third dog to die in the victim's yard, according to court documents.

When Boyd and the victim started talking, Boyd claimed the man "came at him" and he fell to the ground. Boyd told police he then grabbed the metal stake and hit the man with it.

The alleged victim told police Boyd brought him over to where the dog was buried and told the man he was going to beat him up if it ever happened again. 

According to the victim, he told Boyd to "do it right now" and claimed Boyd pushed him and he then pushed Boyd back and then Boyd allegedly struck him with the metal stake. 

Boyd is out on bond and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. on Aug. 9.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.