Accused murder suspects face judge

Frankie Esquibel
Two accused murderers faced an Albuquerque judge Saturday.

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. 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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