ABQ homicide suspect arrested in Louisiana - Albuquerque Journal

ABQ homicide suspect arrested in Louisiana

Michael Kelly. (APD)

U.S. Marshals in Louisiana caught a fugitive charged in the fatal shooting of a woman last year in Northeast Albuquerque.

Rebecca Atkins, an Albuquerque Police Department spokeswoman, said 29-year-old Michael Kelly was arrested early Wednesday morning “at his place of business.”

He has been booked into the Saint Tammany Parish jail and will be extradited to New Mexico, where he is charged with an open count of murder in the 2021 death of Brandi Rael, 29.

Atkins said a tip came in to Crime Stoppers that led to Kelly’s arrest.

On Nov. 18, 2021, police found Rael shot to death inside a car at the Copper Ridge Apartments in the 500 block of Tramway NE. Bullet casings from the shooting, witness statements and Kelly’s cellular data led police to charge him in Rael’s death.

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