’48 Hours’ to feature unsolved ABQ murder

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) — A murder case that got a lot of local attention is about to get a lot of national attention.

Ronald Santiago was cleared of killing Bernadette and Greg Ohlemacher in early 2013 in a trial that put much of the spotlight on the couple’s daughter.

Saturday, the CBS program “48 Hours” will feature the case with some things most people haven’t heard or seen before.

“48 Hours” has the only interview Santiago has given after being cleared but also, a first look at a lie detector test that the couple’s daughter Renee Ohlemacher took at the Albuquerque Police Department.

Santiago was acquitted in February. Overcome with emotion, Santiago gave a tearful statement after the verdict.

“All we’ve asked for this entire time is the truth,” said Santiago.

No one has heard from Santiago since then, until now. “48 Hours” reporter Erin Moriarty will feature her interview with Santiago on the program Saturday.

“Do you feel like a free man yet?” asked Moriarty.

“No, I don’t think I ever really will,” replied Santiago.

Moriarty discussed the upcoming program with KRQE News 13 on Friday. She says she was drawn to the case years ago.

“It was just a case with really the strangest facts and details that I had run across and that’s what interested me,” said Moriarty.

The Ohlemacher’s were found shot to death in their home in 2005. Before Albuquerque Police thought Santiago shot the Ohlemachers over a home refinancing deal, investigators thought the Ohlemacher’s daughter was in the home when the couple was shot.

As part of the story, “48 Hours” will also show never-before-seen video of Renee Ohlemacher’s lie detectors test that she took at APD. That evidence wasn’t used in trial.

The test was inconclusive but didn’t show she passed or failed. Video following the test shows an emotional Ohlemacher defending herself against accusations that she had a part in her parents murder.

Eventually, police went after Santiago after finding a bullet casing at his house that was the same type of casing found at the crime scene.

While Moriarty didn’t interview Ohlemacher after the trial’s verdict, she did interview Santiago.

“I should have never been charged with these horrible crimes to begin with,” said Santiago.

Moriarty says that interview may finally answer some questions, but many remain.

“The fact that this case is not resolved is really troubling to me as a reporter, there’s something really big missing that the police either overlooked or missed, it’s just there’s something missing here,” said Moriarty.

Moriarty says another big highlight of the story is the difference in how APD took pictures of the bullet casings found at the Ohlemacher’s home and Santiago’s home. She believes that hurt the prosecution and says people will likely take issue with how investigators documented evidence.

“48 Hours” airs Saturday at 9:00 p.m. on KRQE News 13.

 

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