Teens plead not guilty in homeless murder case

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Three teens charged with the beating deaths of two homeless men were arraigned Friday.

Attorneys for 15-year-old Gilbert Tafoya and 16-year-old Nathaniel Carrillo pleaded not guilty on their behalf. They appeared along with 18-year-old Alex Rios who also pleaded not guilty of attacking three homeless men last month.

The men were beat with sticks and bricks as they slept on a mattress in a lot near 60th Street and Central Avenue. One man got away, the other two died.

The three are facing first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder charges. The two juveniles are being treated as serious youthful offenders and will face adult sentences if convicted.

The judge set a $1 million cash only bond, saying she was worried Tafoya specifically is a flight risk.

“These are extremely serious offenses. I have grave concern due to the nature of the penalty that your client would be facing if convicted upon his willingness to return to face that.” Judge Alisa Hadfield said. “The state appears at this point to have a very strong case.”

Carillo and Rios were handed similar bonds.

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