Grand jury indicts woman for murder

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A Los Lunas woman accused of fatally stabbing her ex-boyfriend earlier this month has been indicted by a Valencia County grand jury.

Tammy Lynn Sanchez Tafoya, 49, has been indicted on one count of first-degree murder and one count of dueling, a fourth-degree felony.

She is being held without bond at the Valencia County Detention Center.

According to a statement to police, Sanchez-Tafoya said she stabbed her ex-boyfriend, Keith Miller, 45, of El Cerro, in the neck after an argument. She told officers she had agreed to meet with Miller on Aug. 8 at a motel to discuss their relationship.

Knowing Miller regularly carried a knife, Sanchez Tafoya told police she saw him from about two blocks away, but didn't try to run away or call for help. She told police when she approached Miller on the 500 block of Camino del Ray, he told her, "We're going to take care of this right now." To which she replied, "Let's do this. I'm sick of this bull (expletive) already."

According to a criminal complaint, Sanchez Tafoya said both parties stabbed at each other with their knives. Court documents say she ran from the scene after stabbing Miller in the neck, without trying to get help for him or reporting the assault.

According to state statute, dueling consists of any person "conveying by written or verbal message a challenge to any other person to fight a duel with any deadly weapon, and whether or not such duel ensues; accepting a challenge from another person to fight a duel with any deadly weapon, and whether or not such duel ensues; engaging in or fighting a duel with any deadly weapon; or aiding, encouraging or seconding either party to a duel and being present at such duel when deadly weapons are used."

Police said Sanchez Tafoya didn't sustain any injuries in the incident.

She told the investigating detective that she went home, where she rinsed the blood from her knife, and told her mother she had "stabbed Keith." The complaint said she gave her daughter money to buy food, then fell asleep in her bedroom until she was awakened by police.

During questioning, the woman drew a picture of the double-edged knife she says she used to stab Miller.

"Tammy said society would be better off without Keith," the criminal complaint read.

Police discovered Miller laying on the side of the road after receiving a call from a witness. When officers arrived, they administered first aid and requested emergency medical personnel. Miller was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where he died soon after arrival.


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