Judge: Dixon homicide suspects to stay in jail

Brothers plead not guilty at district court arraignment in Tierra Amarilla

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 6/27/18

First Judicial District Court Judge Jason Lidyard ruled on Tuesday (June 26) to detain brothers Roger Gage and John Powell until they stand trial for the killings of three people at a residence near …

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Judge: Dixon homicide suspects to stay in jail

Brothers plead not guilty at district court arraignment in Tierra Amarilla

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First Judicial District Court Judge Jason Lidyard ruled on Tuesday (June 26) to keep brothers Roger Gage and John Powell in jail as they are prosecuted for the killings of three people at a residence near Dixon in late May.

Gage and Powell, both of Taos County, pleaded not guilty in a Tierra Amarilla courtroom Tuesday afternoon to three counts of first-degree murder, aggravated battery, conspiracy and tampering with evidence related to the shooting deaths of April Browne, 42, Abraham Martinez, 36, and Kierin Guillemin, 27.

The three victims were gunned down on May 29 inside a hilltop residence in Cañoncito, a small Embudo Valley neighborhood two miles east of Dixon. The murders – and three other men later robbing the crime scene – were caught on a home surveillance video installed at the residence, according to New Mexico State Police.

Lidyard upheld a prior ruling from a preliminary arraignment in Río Arriba Magistrate Court to detain Gage and Powell on a no-bond hold.

“I’m grateful the court agreed with our argument that these defendants pose an extreme danger to the safety of our community and ordered them to remain in custody until we try them for the Dixon triple homicide,” said District Attorney Marco P. Serna. “Crimes as cold-blooded, calculated and brazen as those we allege were committed by the defendants demonstrate an extreme risk to society, and I will continue to fight to keep the most dangerous offenders off our streets.”

Four other arrests have been made related to the murders: Ezekiel Martinez, 29, and Robert Martinez, 70, were arrested in early June after state police said the surveillance system captured the men looting the bodies at the residence before reporting the murders; Sonya Chavez, 34, Powell’s girlfriend, was charged with tampering with evidence on June 14; most recently, Rede Stanton, 39, was arrested for robbing the residence of the deceased and failing to report the crime.

A jury selection hearing is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 10.

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