Police: Uncle shoots, kills niece in BF

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The suspect in a Bosque Farms homicide is being held on a no-bond hold at the Valencia County Detenion Center following a Friday incident where he is accused of shooting and killing his niece.

On Friday, Marvin M. Martinez, 55, was arrested and charged with an open count of murder after allegedly fatally shooting his niece, 20-year-old Ashley Raulerson.

Marvin M. Martinez Charged with an open count of murder in niece’s death

According to a Bosque Farms Police Department report, Raulerson was shot twice in the head while she was at her residence on the 1100 block of Manzanito Drive in Bosque Farms. Raulerson lived with Martinez and her grandmother, who was home at the time of the incident.

About 11:45 a.m., Bosque Farms police responded to a 911 call regarding a stabbing at the house near La Plata and Manzanito drives. The report said police first talked with the grandmother, who said, “Ashley muerta,” after she was questioned outside of her home.

Shortly after, police found Raulerson motionless on the couch with a “clear wound to the head” and a lever-action rifle laying in a nearby bathroom, according to the report.

The woman told police Raulerson had been shot twice by Martinez, and that at one point, she injured her hand grabbing for the rifle.

By Friday evening, police were still looking for Martinez who reportedly left the scene in a two-door white 2005 Dodge pickup truck.

At 7:45 p.m., police arrested Martinez after getting a tip that the suspect was at a family member’s residence at Sylvana Court in Peralta.

According to a police report, dispatchers confirmed the suspect’s identity because the man’s sister was the calling party.

Shortly after, police set up a perimeter around the area and stopped Martinez’s vehicle as the man tried to flee from police. Police managed to stop the vehicle near Quail Run and Molina Road, where the suspect was taken into custody.

Martinez complained of having shortness of breath and was transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure. He was later booked in the Valencia County Detention Center on a no-bond hold.

It is not known if Bosque Farms police had responded to the home in the past for domestic disputes. New Mexico State Police Lt. Tim Johnson would not comment on a potential motive as to why the altercation took place at the home.

Martinez is charged with an open count of murder, manslaughter and assault with intent to commit a violent felony.

According to the search warrant filed in district court, Sandra Martinez, Raulerson’s mother, told police that her daughter called her Friday saying her uncle was “acting crazy.”

Sandra Martinez told police that Marvin Martinez is a veteran who uses prescription drugs and goes to the VA hospital for medical care.

“The case was turned over to state police because homicide investigations are complex and time-consuming cases,” said Bosque Farms Police Lt. David Gallegos. “State Police has the manpower and resources to investigate these types of cases.”

Gallegos said residents should feel safe since the altercation was a domestic dispute between family members. Friday’s incident marks the first homicide in the village of Bosque Farms since 2003.

“This case was not a random act of violence, such as a home invasion or robbery,” Gallegos said. “The people in this case were related and the alleged crime occurred inside their home.

“Our department and citizens have worked very hard over the years to create a quiet, peaceful community to live in and raise a family. This isolated incident doesn’t change that.”

Bosque Farms resident Harry Tipton has lived on Manzanito Drive for more than 30 years and said he doesn’t remember any similar incidents on the street in the past. Tipton was out of town and unaware of the incident until Monday night.

He said he feels safe and that it’s “second-nature” to lock his doors.

“We have never had a shooting on this street, I don’t think,” Tipton said. “It’s very quiet. I’m really amazed that this happened, you know?”

Neighbor Louise Zamora said she has lived at her residence since 1975.

She described the neighborhood as a retirement community and said she doesn’t plan on breaking her routine of walking at night.

“I realize these things happen,” Zamora said. “But this is kind of sad.”


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