Police: Man was not hired to kill Clovis woman

Matthew Jennings
Matthew Jennings

CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE) – There is new information in the stabbing death a of young mother in a Clovis park. Clovis police say the woman’s death was a random killing, not a murder for hire hit.

Matthew Jennings was charged with killing Ariel Ulibarri this week. Ulibarri was found stabbed to death at Goodwin Trails Park last month and her 6-year-old son was found wandering in a nearby parking lot.

It was bloody knife found by her family near the crime scene that ultimately linked Jennings to the crime. Police arrested Jennings and that’s when they say he confessed, claiming he was hired to kill Ulibarri, and that the murder was out of revenge. He would not say who hired him or for how much.

But Clovis police say they aren’t buying it and they’re calling the killing a random murder.

Ulibarri’s family can’t understand why and how it could happen with her son nearby. The little boy is now being taken care of by his grandparents.

Clovis police say Jennings told them he was full of rage when the committed the murder. The police chief says he plans to meet with the Ulibarri family Saturday.

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