Step-son accused of murder turned himself in

Torrance County murder, step-son, step-dad, Jaret Mountjoy

TORRANCE COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – A man who was the focus of a huge manhunt over the weekend is now behind bars charged with murder.

Torrance County sheriff’s deputies say Jaret Mountjoy admitted to shooting and killing his stepdad.

According to a criminal complaint, deputies stumbled upon Mountjoy trying to hide the body of his step-father south of Edgewood several days after an argument lead to gunfire.

This case started last Friday night when two Torrance County deputies drove by a man standing near a truck.

Deputies turned around to make sure he was OK, but the man was gone.

About 15 feet from the truck, they found the body of 53-year-old Mark Mountjoy.

Deputies then started looking for his step-son, Jaret Mountjoy, over the weekend, but couldn’t find him.

According to a criminal complaint, Jaret eventually turned himself in for questioning after giving deputies a few different stories.

He eventually told them that he got into a fight with his step-father at their home near Moriarty last week.

Mountjoy told deputies that his step-father was drunk, grabbed him, and shot his step-father at least twice with his mother’s gun.

He told deputies he hid the body on his property for two days, then went to bury it Friday night when deputies found him.

Mountjoy is charged with an open count of murder and tampering with evidence.

Deputies spent last night looking for the weapon they believe Mountjoy used. According to the complaint, he threw it out of the window of his truck while he was driving. 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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