Accused murder suspects face judge

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An accused murderer is claiming self-defense for the shooting death of a man at an Albuquerque gas station.

Samir Rodriguez faced a judge on murder charges Saturday. According to a criminal complaint, he shot 20-year-old Kenneth Perez, killing him, Tuesday morning outside the Allsups at Coors and Blake.

Frankie Esquibel is facing the same charge. According to the complaint, Esquibel was the victim’s heroin dealer.

Sheriff’s deputies also talked to a man who claims to be a friend of the victim.

He told deputies that Perez said he was going to rob the two suspects and grabbed a rifle.

Rodriguez told deputies that the victim pulled out a rifle and that’s when he shot him about five times.

A judge felt there was enough evidence to move forward with the murder charge setting the bond for Esquibel at $1 million Saturday.

According to the complaint, the victim called Esquibel to meet up to buy heroin.

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