Former New Mexico State player Mike Peake has not been charged with shooting

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Former New Mexico State basketball player Mike Peake will not face charges in a fatal shooting on the campus of a rival college last year, authorities say.

The Bernalillo District Attorney’s Office said in a statement late Monday that “the decision not to indict Mike Peake was made by the previous administration based on all of the facts and evidence presented to them. has changed, so we honor that decision.”

“It was determined that Peake acted in self-defense,” the statement said.

Peake was suspended indefinitely shortly after the Nov. 19 shooting death of Brandon Travis, a 19-year-old University of New Mexico student.

Peake, 21, told authorities he was lured to UNM’s Albuquerque campus by a female student hours before the Aggies played rival Lobos.

Authorities said Travis and two other men then assaulted Peake with a baseball bat in a dorm parking lot as part of a revenge plot stemming from a fight last October in Las Cruces.

CCTV footage showed an exchange of gunfire between Travis and Peake. Authorities said Travis was shot multiple times and died at the scene while Peake suffered a leg injury and survived.

Peake, a 6-foot-7 junior forward, entered the NCAA transfer portal in December but has yet to join another varsity team.

In February, New Mexico State suspended its men’s basketball program indefinitely in a decision that university officials said was unrelated to the fatal shooting.

The program shutdown came after a campus police report was reviewed in which an Aggies player said three teammates ganged up on him and attacked him. The report, which redacted the players’ names, included allegations of false imprisonment, harassment and criminal sexual interference.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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