Santiago trial still focused on victims’ daughter

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The defense in the Ronald Santiago double murder trial continues to paint the victims’ daughter as the real killer.

For a second day on the stand, the family has testified that she was acting strange after her parents’ deaths.

“Did you come to suspect something about Renee?” Joseph Riggs asked Antoinette Curran.

“Yes,” she said.

“What was that?” Riggs asked.

“That she knew something about my sister’s murder,” Curran responded.

Wednesday morning, Curran took the stand. She’s the sister of Bernadette Ohlemacher, who along with her husband, Greg, were shot to death in their northwest Albuquerque home.

Curran took in the couple’s daughter, Renee, after they were murdered. She says her behavior in the days following was strange and that she never seemed upset.

Prosecutors say Ronald Santiago, a loan processor, killed the couple after something had gone wrong with their mortgage deal.

Curran says Renee was always changing her story, but the state says that isn’t true.

“Are you aware that she never changed her story with law enforcement?” prosecutor Jason Yamato said.

“Objection! Objection! That’s a misstatement!” Riggs said in response.

“That’s actually a direct quote from several witnesses,” Yamato said. “It’s not a misstatement.”

The trial continues at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

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