ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — On Saturday night — three days before his 29th birthday — Nathan Morrison hosted a small birthday party at a Los Lunas home.
He invited a couple of friends and an 18-year-old co-worker, who then invited two other teenagers.
By early Sunday morning, Morrison and two of his friends, 40-year-old Darren Bernal and 29-year-old Joseph Santiago, had been shot and killed.
And the three teenagers were arrested.
They are all charged with three counts of murder and conspiracy after deputies say they killed the men for “disrespecting” them.
Brandon Dowdy, 18, and Robert Wilson, 19, were booked into the Valencia County Detention Center. Anthony Williams, who is a week shy of turning 18, is being held at the Bernalillo County juvenile detention center.
Sgt. Joseph Rowland, a spokesman for the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office, said a judge will determine whether Williams will be charged as an adult or as a
According to a criminal complaint filed in Valencia County Magistrate Court, deputies were called to a house on east El Cerro Loop for reports of a shooting. When they arrived, they found three men dead on the front porch and a lot of blood throughout the house.
Deputies found the three suspects nearby and took them into custody.
When deputies interviewed three women who remained at the scene, they were told Morrison had been hosting a party and at some point began to argue with Dowdy.
Dowdy and his two friends were asked to leave the party and, for a while, they did.
Then the three teens returned.
According to the complaint, it at first appeared everyone had made up, and the teenagers and Morrison shook hands and hugged each other.
Then, a fight broke out again and the teens returned, armed with firearms.
One of the women said Wilson kicked in the door and Williams began shooting, striking Bernal, Morrison and Santiago, according to the complaint.
When he was interviewed, Wilson told deputies Dowdy and Williams were upset because they felt the other men had disrespected them. Wilson said he told Dowdy he had his back and handed him a gun on the floor of the car.
He said Dowdy and Williams were both armed when they headed back to the party to “take care of business.”
After the shooting, the three teenagers drove off. They were stopped by deputies nearby.
“From statements made by witnesses at the scene, as well as statements made by Robert, it is apparent that Anthony and Brandon did intend to engage in violent activity for being disrespected,” a deputy wrote in the complaint. “In the case of Robert, due to his statement about having Brandon’s back and placing a shotgun in Anthony’s hand, he will also be charged with the listed charges.”