Woman accused in veteran’s ATM shooting death appears in court

VERONICA TRIMBLE
Veronica Trimble's latest mugshot, taken when she arrived in Albuquerque on March 26.

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The woman accused of killing a U.S. Army veteran at an ATM is back in Albuquerque, but her accomplice is still in Oklahoma, where the two were picked up earlier this month.

Veronica Trimble was caught at a southeastern Oklahoma casino along with Matthew Chavez. Chavez is also charged with killing Tyler Lackey back in early February.

Police believe Lackey was shot and killed at an ATM near Gibson and Yale during an attempted robbery. Chavez and Trimble were named as suspects and were eventually caught at the Winstar World Casino in Oklahoma by U.S. Marshals.

Chavez was then charged with robbing a Hastings store in Oklahoma. Trimble, however, did not get charged in that case and has been extradited back to Albuquerque.

On Monday, she appeared in court before Judge Rosemary Cosgrove-Aguilar for a first appearance hearing. However, the judge moved the hearing to Tuesday because of new facts that were released moments before Trimble’s court appearance was scheduled to begin.

Previously, the criminal complaint against Chavez and Trimble was sealed awaiting their arrest.

“We can now review the file,” the judge said. “I’m going to make a finding that it’s been unsealed, which means you can review it as well counsel.”

The unsealed police report shows multiple people called police to tip them off to Chavez and Trimble, including a family member. It also says the pair tried to convince Lackey that the attempted robbery was a joke before firing on him.

Jail records show Trimble’s bond is $1 million cash only. Chavez is still in an Oklahoma jail, and he’ll stay there until that robbery charge is taken care of.

KRQE News 13 has also learned that authorities in Tarrant County, Texas have also placed a hold on Chavez. U.S.

U.S. Marshals say the pair is suspected of committing more crimes while on the run.

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