New details emerge in Rio Rancho murder

Posted at: 11/02/2012 4:48 PM
By: Whitney Jones,

Photo: Leonard Tidwell
Photo: Leonard Tidwell

KOB Eyewitness News 4 has obtained new details in what may have led to the shooting death of a 51-year-old man in Rio Rancho Thursday.

Rio Rancho police arrested Leonard Tidwell, 20, in connection to the murder of Gregory Stender - who lived with him.

According to the criminal complaint, Tidwell got into an argument around 12:30 a.m. Thursday with Stender's girlfriend, Carolina Bell, and the mother of Tidwell's girlfriend, over overdue repair work on a Ford Mustang.

All four people, including an infant, lived at 1651 Greenview Way NE.

In Tidwell's testimony, he said when Stender walked in on the argument he "panicked and fired the gun" towards him.

Tidwell left the residence. Police said Tidwell was found in his car down the road, and has been cooperative.

Tidwell Criminal Complaint