Trial for homeless homicide case continues

Alex Rios

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The trial continues for the man charged with beating two homeless men to death with his friends after a night of partying.

From the bloody murder scene where Allison Gorman and Kee Thompson were found dead on July 19, 2014 in an empty lot near Central and Coors, detectives literally followed a trail of clues to their three teenage suspects.

“We saw that the footprints were leading in the direction of the house,” said Albuquerque Police Det. Geoffery Stone.

APD said that house is where they found Alex Rios.

Rios, who is now 20 years old, is on trial for murdering the two homeless men with his friends, Gilbert Tafoya and Nathaniel Carrillo, after they got drunk at a party.

In court on Thursday, police described Rios’ demeanor the day they first approached him.

“Shock,” Det. Stone said. “You know, that’s kind of how he acted.”

A look inside the home, where police say Tafoya lives, raised more suspicions.

“I went into the closet, and I noticed two items that I pointed out to Det. Stone later,” said APD Det. Andrea Ortiz.

She was referring to the driver’s license and credit card of one of the murdered men.

After discovering that, along with what appeared to be bloodstained shoes and clothes, police took the teens to APD headquarters for questioning.

Det. Stone asked Rios about the deaths.

“His response was he heard that someone got stabbed or something down by the mattresses,” Stone said.

However, police hadn’t yet mentioned anything about the men being stabbed.

Still, police say Rios lied and claimed that he wasn’t at the scene.

“He stated that he was very heavily intoxicated and that he blacked out and passed out,” Stone said.

He told jurors that Rios’ story changed throughout the course of the lengthy interview.

“He stated they did go over there, however, it was Nathaniel Carrillo and Gilbert Tafoya that started beating on the men,” Stone said. “He was standing there in shock.”

When police pressed further, Rios admitted that was a lie too and said that he did push a guy down to the ground.

Then, he admitted to kicking and punching one of them.

“He says that he actually threw some punches, and he actually makes a motion during the interview, like a punching motion,” Stone said.

It is an image prosecutors want jurors to see for themselves.

They moved to enter video of Rios’ police interview as evidence, but Rios’ attorney objected.

After a private discussion about it with attorneys, the judge dismissed the jurors for the day.

Tafoya took a plea deal in September. He is expected to testify against Rios.

Carrillo will be tried next year for the murders.

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