Man found guilty in killing of Taos woman

TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – A man who was on trial for killing a Taos woman has been found guilty.

According to the Taos News, 51-year-old Ivan Cales was convicted in the murder of 33-year-old Roxanne Houston. Her body was found in a shallow grave in the Two Peaks area Christmas Day, 2014. She was last seen six months before that.

Prosecutors had argued Cales, who is a drifter, killed Houston because he thought she was a witch who cast a spell on him.

Cales was found guilty of first degree murder and tampering with evidence. He’ll be sentenced at a later date. 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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