Convicted felon tied to 2012 murder

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – When an Albuquerque woman went missing, believed to have been murdered, prosecutors say a convicted felon had something to do with it.

Years later, they’ve finally linked him to the crime.

Chris Blattner is no saint. In fact, he’s a convicted felon, who now in paperwork filed by the District Attorney’s office, is being charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kathy Paquin. She went missing in August of 2012.

It was back then when prosecutors already had the hunch that Blattner was involved.

Court documents even say his wife told police he had confessed to her about the murder.

Sources told us Blattner had been living with Paquin and documents show he and his wife stole more than $60,000 from her bank accounts.

Because Paquin’s body was never found, he was never charged – until now.

The most recent court document shows he’s charged with her murder but doesn’t spell out the details.

Blattner has a storied past. He’s accused of killing a drug dealer in 2007 and shooting at officers when they tried to arrest him for it.

The District Attorney’s office tells us Blattner has been offered a plea deal for both murders and a slew of other charges. That’s scheduled for Wednesday.

Blattner’s story doesn’t end there.

He’s also connected to the wife of an APD cop. The guns Blattner used in his standoff with police were traced back to her.

Blattner was supposed to be locked up with the Department of Corrections until 2015, but was let out three years early because of a paperwork problem. That’s right about the time when Paquin went missing. 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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