Man faces murder charges in alleged beating death

Henry Wilton

ESPANOLA, N.M. (KRQE) -An Española man has been charged with murder after the woman he allegedly beat during a family camping trip has died.

Henry Wilton was camping with Angela Serrano, their 10-year-old daughter and others on father’s day when the incident occurred.

According to court documents, Wilton was drinking heavily and became angry. The document state he pushed Serrano out of a camper and began to repeatedly stomp on her and kick her in the face, ribs and stomach.

Police said Wilton drove the family back to Serrano’s home but refused to get her medical treatment. Instead, officials said he took her phone and blocked her car in the driveway so she couldn’t leave.

Authorities later spoke with the daughter who said her mother had fallen out of the camper. They reported she had clearly been coached on what to tell them.

Three days after the alleged incident, Wilton called 911 reporting that Serrano was throwing up and seemed delirious.

She was later taken to Christus St.Vincent with life-threatening injuries.

Wilton was then arrested and booked into the Rio Arriba County Jail on aggravated battery and false imprisonment charges.

Serrano died early Monday when she was taken off life support.

Wilton faces first degree murder charges.

He remains in jail and is being held on $500,000 cash bond. 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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