Man charged in Omaree Varela’s death pleads guilty to DWI, drug charges

Stephen Casaus
Stephen Casaus

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The stepdad accused of beating 9-year-old Omaree Varela to death pleaded guilty to other charges in court Monday. Stephen Casaus was hit with drug and DWI charges in 2012, one year before Varela died.

A confidential information told police that Casaus was moving heroin and dealing out his car. Casaus faces a possible 9 years for those charges.

His trial for Varela’s death is scheduled for the end of this month. 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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