District Attorney's Office to call witnesses in Larkin murder case

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 11/15/19

The 8th Judicial District Attorney's Office filed a notice this week to call witnesses in a murder case filed against Gregg Steele, a 51-year-old man charged with shooting and killing World Cup Café owner Patrick Larkin on Aug. 27 in Llano Quemado

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District Attorney's Office to call witnesses in Larkin murder case

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The 8th Judicial District Attorney's Office filed a notice this week to call witnesses in a murder case filed against Gregg Steele, a 51-year-old man charged with shooting and killing World Cup Café owner Patrick Larkin on Aug. 27 in Llano Quemado.

The notice names 18 witnesses, including members of the Taos County Sheriff's Office and New Mexico State Police, the agency that investigated the case. Other witnesses include Steele's ex-fiancée, who testified at a detention hearing in September that resulted in Steele's detainment at the Taos County jail pending trial.

Two weeks after Larkin's body was found in the sagebrush on Cuchilla Road, about a mile west of where he had lived, state police investigators arrested Steele, claiming they had collected evidence to prove he shot and killed Larkin early the morning of Aug. 27.

According to residents in the area who were interviewed by investigators, Steele had moved in next door to Larkin over the summer. They said the two men had developed an ongoing dispute over Steele's dog crossing into Larkin's property and harassing his goats.

At the September detention hearing, the state submitted 27 exhibits to argue that Steele was too dangerous to be released pending trial, including an interview with Steele's Llano Quemado landlord, who told them Steele had confessed to killing Larkin.

Steele, however, argued he had killed the coffee shop owner in self-defense.

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