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Drugs fuel tragic ABQ murders

Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque police officer Daniel Webster was shot and mortally wounded near Central and Eubank SE after he pulled Davon Lymon over in a routine traffic stop in October 2015. The license plate on the motorcycle Lymon, 35, was driving didn’t match records. When Webster attempted to handcuff him, Lymon pulled out a gun and shot the officer at close range, according to court records. Webster died of his wounds a few days later.

Davon Lymon

Davon Lymon

A 17-year-old girl who was riding on Lymon’s motorcycle testified in federal court that Lymon was delivering heroin to people when he was pulled over.

Lymon had multiple convictions, including one for manslaughter, at the time of the shooting. He has since pleaded guilty to federal drug and weapons charges. In a federal trial, he was convicted of possessing the pistol used to shoot Webster.

He faces felony murder charges in state court in connection with Webster’s death. Sentencing in his federal cases will occur after the state murder charges are resolved.

David 'Nigel' Benner

David ‘Nigel’ Benner

Rio Rancho Police Officer Gregg “Nigel” Benner was shot and killed when a routine traffic stop went haywire.

Benner had pulled over a car that had been used in multiple armed robberies of fast-food restaurants during the prior six weeks.

Andrew Romero

Andrew Romero

The driver of the car, Andrew Romero, was on a six-week methamphetamine binge during which he occasionally injected heroin to get some sleep, his girlfriend testified. She was the getaway driver, and they were robbing the restaurants to pay for the drugs.

Benner was at the end of his shift when he pulled the car over because of a questionable license plate. Romero stopped, and Benner approached on foot. Romero pushed his girlfriend out of the car and then shot and killed Benner.

Benner, who retired from the U.S. Air Force, was a highly regarded patrol officer in the suburban community.

Romero had a long history of criminal convictions, including one for manslaughter. He was convicted of Benner’s murder in a jury trial and faces a sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole.

New Mexico has no death penalty. It was repealed under the administration of Gov. Bill Richardson.

Victoria Martens

Victoria Martens

Victoria Martens, 10, was raped and strangled and her body dismembered last August in one of the most horrific crimes the city has seen.

Fabian Gonzales

Fabian Gonzales

Her mother, Michelle Martens, one of three people facing charges of murder and other crimes in the case, told investigators that before that fatal night, she had looked for men online to have sex with her daughter. It’s unclear whether detectives have identified any of those men; they have not made any more arrests.

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Michelle Martens

Michelle Martens also claimed her daughter died from consuming methamphetamine, and police believed she had given the girl meth to relax her – although toxicology reports showed only alcohol in the 10-year-old’s system.

Police did recover methamphetamine in the apartment.

Victoria’s body was found on fire in the bathtub of her mother’s Northwest Albuquerque apartment the morning of Aug. 24.

Jessica

Jessica

Martens, 35, has been charged with murder and rape, along with her boyfriend, Fabian Gonzales, 32, and Gonzales’ cousin Jessica Kelley, 32. Police believe Martens watched as Gonzales raped and strangled her daughter. Gonzales and Kelley then dismembered her body, according to court records previously filed in the case.

The child’s autopsy report showed she had contracted a sexually transmitted disease before her murder, an indication that she suffered sexual abuse before the night of her death.

 

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