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The number of homicides investigated by the Albuquerque Police Department has decreased – again – after investigators found one person initially thought to be a homicide victim died from a methamphetamine overdose and another jumped from a moving car.
APD spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said the deaths of Shawn Nelson, 36, and Selena Belin, 22, are no longer considered homicides.
The changes drop APD’s total homicide count to 82.
Gallegos also said a Monday slaying where a tobacco shop employee fatally shot a fleeing man following an alleged robbery attempt has detectives “leaning heavily” toward self-defense.
The other cases played out months ago.
Gallegos said Belin died from head injuries after she fell out of a moving car on Feb. 8 near Osuna and San Pedro NE. He said the driver told detectives the two were fighting when Belin jumped out “of her own volition.”
“Detectives conducted further investigation to corroborate the driver’s statements,” Gallegos said.
He said, on April 30, Nelson died at the hospital a week after being admitted following a beating in the 1100 block of Madeira SE. Gallegos said the Office of the Medical Investigator discovered Nelson died of a meth overdose.
He said there are four other homicide cases that could change in status “based on final reports from OMI and/or further investigation.”