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Woman dies 2 weeks after beating, boyfriend expected to face new charges

Mark Guerro (MDC)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A man charged with attempted murder in the beating death of his girlfriend will now potentially face murder charges after she died on Sunday.

Deputy Felicia Maggard, a spokeswoman for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, said detectives are still working with the District Attorney’s Office to amend the charges against Mark Guerro, 46, and the homicide investigation is ongoing. 

Maggard said on May 5, around 12:30 a.m. deputies were called to the 2600 block of Isleta for a possible overdose. When they got there they found Judith Apache, 36, unconscious.

She was taken to the hospital.

A couple of days later, medical staff told detectives Apache’s injuries – which included severe bruising, evidence of a rape, and a brain bleed so severe half of her brain had to be removed – were inconsistent with an overdose.

Deputies arrested her boyfriend Guerro and charged him with attempt to commit a violent felony after he told them he used a belt and a broom to hit her multiple times, according to the criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court.

A judge ordered him to be held in jail until his trial.

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