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4 Indicted in Nov. 9 Shooting Death of Man

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A grand jury has indicted three men and a woman in connection with the Nov. 9 shooting death of Eduardo Quintana, 54, who was found dead in his Northeast Heights apartment.

Investigators made extensive use of cellphone records to establish connections between Quintana and his alleged attackers, according to Bernalillo County Metro Court records.

Albuquerque police arrested Jason Nowicki, 32, Brian Beard, 34, and Morrell Toney, 25, after a grand jury returned indictments charging each with first-degree murder and conspiracy. Police also arrested Melissa Trombley, 38, on a charge of conspiracy to attempt first-degree murder and conspiracy to shoot at an occupied dwelling. All four remained in the Bernalillo County jail on Friday.

Quintana, also known as Eddie Joe, was found dead with gunshot wounds at a home in the 12000 block of Stillwell Place NE.

Witnesses said Quintana may have been killed in revenge for an earlier incident in which Quintana sent “Cubans” to beat Beard, police wrote in a Bernalillo County Metro Court criminal complaint.

Quintana had bicycled to a restaurant to pick up a pizza just minutes before he was fatally shot, and the uneaten pizza remained strapped on his bicycle, the complaint said.

Phone records showed that Quintana and Trombley had exchanged 90 calls and text messages on their cellphones the day of the killing, the complaint said. One text message suggested that Quintana had expected Trombley at his home the evening of his death, it said.

Phone records also showed that Trombley had called Beard’s cellphone four times in the minutes before the shooting, the complaint said.
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal