Teen charged in man’s death

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Julia Martinez was charged with murder in the case.

A 16-year-old was charged with conspiracy to commit murder Sunday after she and two others are accused of stabbing a man, putting his body in the trunk of his own car and eluding police until they were caught in Valencia County.

Julia Martinez, 16, of Gallup, was charged in the death of Maurice Gonzales, 51, of Albuquerque.  Ashlee Gurule, 20, and Jennifer McKee, 18, both of Albuquerque, all of whom were homeless, were charged with murder and tampering with evidence.

According to the criminal complaint, Martinez, Gurule and McKee planned to kill Gonzales, whom they knew, because they wanted his car, and because he “tried to rape them at his house,” McKee told police.

On Friday, according to the criminal complaint, they took a bus to his apartment in the 400 block of Zena Lona NE. They dropped Martinez off at a nearby McDonald’s, telling her to check in with them by phone every 20 minutes. Then they smoked marijuana, according to the complaint, and performed a sex act on Gonzales in his living room. At a pre-arranged signal, McKee and Gurule stabbed Gonzales with their knives, one of which was described as “leopard print and pink.”

When he didn’t die right away they tried to suffocate him with a pillow, the complaint says. When he appeared still to be breathing, they stabbed him many more times.


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“Ashlee stated she did most of the stabbing but Jennifer helped her,” according to the complaint.

Then the two rolled him in blankets, carried his body to the garage — dropping him several times on the way — and stuffed him into the trunk of his silver Dodge Avenger, which they also packed with their own bloody clothes and the knives, the complaint says.

After cleaning up the apartment, they set out, with McKee at the wheel, for the West Mesa, but couldn’t find a suitable dumping spot and decided to dump the body in Los Lunas instead.

On Interstate 25, a State Police officer tried to stop them because they were driving too slowly. They fled but were stopped in Belen, where police took them into custody. According to the complaint, McGee said at the time of their arrest that there was a body in the trunk.

Gurule and McKee are both being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center, while Martinez is being held at the Juvenile Detention Center, said Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez of the State Police.


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