Posted at: 10/13/2012 6:51 PM
Updated at: 10/14/2012 5:12 PM
By: KOB.com Staff
Photo: Rhiannon Montoya
Three women have been arrested in connection to a murder in Chimayo, and the Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office tells KOB Eyewitness News 4 one of them is the victim's niece.
She's 34-year-old Rhiannon Montoya of Espanola.
Deputies also arrested 22-year-old Angel Baldanado, of Ohkay Owingeh, and 18-year-old Shea Martinez, of Chimayo.
According to an office spokesman, Montoya said told Sheriff Tommy Rodella she conspired with the two women telling them to go to her uncle Rudy Montoya's home to steal items to sell, and that's when they beat and stabbed him.
The two woman beat Montoya with a bat and stabbed him with a knife, states the affidavit for an arrest warrant.
The two stole a computer and a car from the residence.
Baldanado tried to burn Montoya's car, which had been taken from the scene, to destroy evidence. Baldanado wound up with burn injuries from the incident, and is in the hospital, arrest documents state.
And it was during the office's investigation into the murder that deputies learned Martinez and Montoya were arrested Thursday by State Police on unrelated charges and were already in custody.
The arrest warrants were issued late Friday night.
Martinez is being held at the Tierra Amarilla Jail while Montoya is being held at the Santa Fe County Jail.
All three women are being charged with first degree murder and aggravated burglary.
We're told that Rudy Montoya was an educator and special education advocate in the state. We're told he headed up some big education programs and worked with the Northern New Mexico College in Espanola.