APD detective takes stand in murder trial

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – More testimony took place Wednesday in the trial of Ronald Santiago, the mortgage handler accused of killing his clients. And once again, the defense is pointing the finger at the victim’s daughter.

Santiago is charged with the 2005 murders of Greg and Bernadette Ohlemacher in their northwest Albuquerque home.

Prosecutors allege Santiago’s motive was money, but the defense claims Renee, the daughter who was home, had the motive and opportunity.

On Wednesday, an APD detective who handed the case testified about his questioning of Renee. While he says she never waivered in her answers, the defense questioned the detective’s technique.

The Olemachers’ neighbor in 2005 also testified Wednesday about the day before they were killed.

Grant Martin said he was helping Greg build a deck at the Olemachers’ home. When they went to the hardware store for materials, Martin testified that Greg became upset that his check was decline and he had to use a credit card instead.

Martin also told jurors about a phone conversation he overheard between Greg and Santiago.

Attorney: “What specifically did you hear Greg say into the telephone?”

Martin: “If there’s not money put in my account by tomorrow, I’m going to call police.”

Attorney: “And he appeared upset at this time?”

Martin: “Very much so.”

The trial is expected to last several more weeks.

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