Andrew Romero, Tabitha Littles appear in court Monday

Andrew Romero
Andrew Romero

SANDOVAL COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – The career criminal accused of killing a Rio Rancho police officer appeared in court Monday along with his girlfriend.

Both pled not guilty Monday at their arraignment.

They were both indicted last week. Romero and Littles are both facing open counts of murder for the ambush of Rio Rancho officer Gregg Benner. Although Romero has admitted to opening fire on the officer after a traffic stop and short chase police say Littles knew he was going to do it.

On Monday, the judge kept Romero’s bond at $5 million and Little’s at $1 million.

The district attorney’s office is looking to go after both. They said they want to make sure Romero and Littles never get out of prison.

“We are going to try and move this thing and go as fast as possible,” said District Attorney Lemuel Martinez said. “Also today, the state filed a notice of intent to seek life without possible parole on both of the defendants.”

The Sandoval County grand jury indicted Romero on a slew of charges including armed robbery that could mean decades more on top of the sentence. Romero also faces federal charges for being a felon with a gun.

Officer Benner’s family was also at the arraignment, along with multiple Rio Rancho officers. 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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