Fight over a Playstation may have lead to murder in Rio Arriba County
Posted at: 01/02/2013 7:21 PM
By: Gadi Schwartz, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Photo: Marco Bequett
Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella said two suspects have been arrested for killing a man and dumping his body near a golf course just outside Espanola.
Investigators said 17-year-old Jeremy Lopez and 21-year-old Eric Rodriquez beat, kidnapped and killed 20-year-old Marco Bequett after accusing him of stealing a Playstation.
According to the sheriff, a fight started at a nearby home and Bequett was forced into a car and brought to a walking trail parking lot off of Highway 399, where he was shot several times.
“They tried getting rid of some of the evidence,” said Rodella. “They tried cleaning it up and some of the other evidence we haven’t recovered yet.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, Sheriff’s investigators were in the process of serving search warrants and trying to locate the murder weapon.
Rodella said one suspect had confessed to his role in the killing but would not elaborate on which suspect was cooperating.
Both suspects are being held under $500,000 cash only bonds.
KOB Eyewitness News 4 has also learned that Bequett should have been serving time in jail when he was killed but had been mistakenly released from custody back in October.
Officials with the State Children's Youth and Families Department said Bequett was supposed to serve a two year sentence but was transferred out of custody under a CYFD detainer to appear on other criminal charges in other counties.
In October Bequett posted bond and was released from Santa Fe County instead of being remanded back to the custody of CYFD.
Both Santa Fe County and Rio Arriba County are investigating why he was able to be released.