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About C. J. McElhinney

C. J. McElhinney was born in New York City in 1974. He served in the United States Marine Corps as an infantryman and was honorably discharged in 1995. McElhinney graduated from New Mexico State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2003.

C. J. McElhinney entered solo practice in 2003 shortly after passing the New Mexico bar exam. While he now practices exclusively in the area of criminal defense, he has handled a wide variety of cases and represented hundreds of clients in New Mexico during his career including divorce and family law, wills, business formation, administrative law, landlord-tenant, personal injury, civil litigation and civil rights. An experienced trial attorney, he has tried nearly every kind of criminal case from traffic tickets all the way to first degree murder and has tried a case at all levels of the legal system: magistrate and municipal, Children’s Court, state District Court and federal district court. He has also argued a case before the New Mexico Supreme Court.

C. J. McElhinney has been appointed by the Federal Court of the District of New Mexico to the Criminal Justice Act panel, an exclusive panel of private attorneys appointed by the court to defend indigent defendants accused of crimes in Federal court.

He is married to Heather, a professional opera singer and lives in southern New Mexico.

C. J. McElhinney

2 Comments
  1. Ken Martin permalink

    Hey C J..thanks for sharing the location of the Garrett death site. What’s the best way to get there. Since I don’t have a 4 wheel drive I will probably drive as far as I can and then walk. It appears there is a drivable road S of the school that can be reached from Mesa Central Dr. It also appears I could park directly W of the site at Yavapai Ct and walk up the wash. Your thoughts and advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Ken Martin
    Coppell, TX
    odessa1025@aol.com

    • Here’s the best way to find it:

      Take Highway 70 east out of Las Cruces. Get off at the Mesa Grande Exit and make a right. Turn right onto the first street. On your left, you will notice a dirt road on the left before reaching the Mesa Grande housing subdivision. If you don’t have a 4 wheel drive, park your car here and walk south along the road. As you walk south, you will see some large power lines on the left (to the east) and some smaller power lines to the right (west) of those larger power lines. Follow the smaller power lines south—a bumpy dirt road runs underneath them. You will walk into Alameda Arroyo and will soon approach a steep rise to the south. The death marker is located on this beaten dirt road just underneath one of the power line poles. If you go in the summer, watch for rattlesnakes and bring sufficient water. I estimate approximately a 30 minute hike from the main road. GPS Coordinates are 32.366203 N, -106.717152 W.

      Basically, all the “roads” south of Onata High School require a 4 wheel drive vehicle. If you don’t have a 4WD, then park right there by the high school and walk the road/trail I described above. Basically, just follow the smaller power/phone lines.

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