Rio Rancho man indicted for murder

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – A grand jury didn’t buy the claim that a Rio Rancho man killed another in self defense.

The grand jury indicted Donald Alber, 66, on one count of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

He’s accused of stabbing Gary Morrin, 25, and Ashley Garcia, 25, at his home in the Enchanted Hills subdivision earlier this month.

According to court documents, Ashley Garcia had been living with Alber and went to get her belongings when a fight erupted.

That’s when she says Alber got a gun and shot her while she was hiding in a closet, then shot Morrin as he fled the home.

Police say Alber was beaten during the incident. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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