Late evidence delays Española murder trial

ESPANOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – Last minute evidence and finger pointing has delayed the murder trial of an Española woman accused of killing her uncle in an especially violent way.

Rhiannon Montoya was expected to go on trial Monday for the killing of 64-year old Rudy Montoya.

Montoya is accused of having two people help her rob her uncle but then they ended up beating and stabbing him more than 45 times and then tried to hide the crime by setting a fire.

The defense team is now blaming prosecutors for presenting last minute evidence to the courts including recordings and photographs.

Prosecutors blame the delay in evidence on the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office, but the sheriff’s office said the prosecutors are trying to hide their mismanagement of the case.

Either way, the case has been delayed until June. 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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