Man arrested for allegedly murdering woman

KIRTLAND, N.M. (KRQE) – A man has been arrested for allegedly murdering a woman in San Juan County.

Deputies arrived to a home on the 200 block of County road 3050 and found 69-year-old Karen Cugnini shot to death. Her Ford truck had been stolen.

The truck was later found in Kirtland along with the suspect, 50-year-old Rick Stallings.

Deputies believe Stallings was robbing Cugnini and she walked in on him. 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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