ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office now says they made a mistake and arrested the wrong man for the murder of a CNM student and the mix up was all because a tipster purposely blamed the wrong guy.
Deputies arrested 29-year-old Carlos Escudero after a friend of his said he bragged about the murder. That friend, turned confidential informant, gave investigators accurate details about the crime — except for one major detail and pinned the murder on Escudero.
Last month former CNM student Jared Clark was found shot to death on a South Valley street and his Mustang gone. Deputies arrested Escudero saying he was selling drugs to Clark and then decided to steal his Mustang so he killed him.
After the arrest tips poured in to police telling them they had the wrong guy. Escudero had a solid alibi for the night of the murder. It turns out the confidential informant, Julian Romero had a feud going with Escudero.
“Julian was accused of stealing drugs from Carlos, there was an argument and that bad vendetta led to Julian pinning the crime of murder against Carlos,” Captain Ray Chavez said.
BCSO says they now have the right guy, 20-year-old Emilio Marquez, a friend of both the confidential informant who lied and Escudero.
Deputies say Marquez killed Clark during a drug deal to steal his Mustang. The confidential informant has been charged with tampering with evidence. He had been paid by the sheriff’s office for his help with this case. It’s unclear how much money he got or if the department got it back.
While Escudero was cleared of the murder charge, he remains in custody for an unrelated parole violation.