Woman found not guilty in 2012 murder

Rhiannon Montoya
Rhiannon Montoya was accused of manipulating two women to kill her uncle. She was found not guilty of murder.

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A jury has found an Española woman not guilty of hiring two people to kill her uncle.

Rhiannon Montoya was accused of masterminding a plot to kill her uncle Rudy Montoya, 64, in 2012 in order to increase her share of his inheritance money.

Prosecutors say she manipulated two women, Angel Baldonado and Sheanne Martinez, by offering them money to beat and stab him. They then tried to hide the crime by setting a fire.

Baldonado and Martinez pled guilty to second-degree murder in February.

Montoya was just found not guilty of murder but was convicted of aggravated burglary and tampering with evidence.

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