State police say cameras captured Cañoncito killings

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 6/4/18

Two men suspected in the murder of three people at a residence in Cañoncito east of Dixon last week appeared in Río Arriba Magistrate Court Monday (June 4) …

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State police say cameras captured Cañoncito killings

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Two men suspected in the murder of three people at a residence two miles east of Dixon last week appeared in Río Arriba Magistrate Court Monday (June 4).

At the hearing, defendants John Powell, 34, and Roger Gage, 33, requested public defenders. They will both be held without bond, but were not asked to enter pleas.

The state has moved to expedite the case to Río Arriba District Court.

According to New Mexico State Police, prosecutors already have a critical piece of evidence in hand.

After five days of investigating and revealing little information, the agency disclosed on Monday in an affidavit for arrest warrant that surveillance cameras at the Cañoncito home may have captured the murders of April Browne, 42, Kierin Guillemin, 27, and Abraham Martinez, 36.

According to the affidavit, the video shows two suspects entering the residence around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday (May 29).

One suspect appears to shoot Guillemin immediately upon entry into a bedroom. The suspects then shoot Browne and Martinez, who were on a bed.

The two suspects then appear to rummage through drawers at the residence, "stealing items and suspected drugs," the affidavit states. Before moving out of the frame, they shoot each victim once more in the head.

The affidavit also states that "multiple cellular phones were observed in the residence as well as drug paraphernalia which had what appeared to be heroin residue on them."

For more, check back here at taosnews.com and pick up the June 7 edition of The Taos News.

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