Woman connected to veteran’s murder tells judge she’s a victim

Veronica Trimble
Veronica Trimble

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The woman connected to the murder of an Army veteran during an ATM robbery in Albuquerque claims she’s not only innocent, but a victim.

Tuesday in court Veronica Trimble told a judge she had no idea her friend was going to kill Tyler Lackey and that she was held against her will as they disappeared to Oklahoma.

Lackey was shot to death at an ATM near Yale and Gibson in February.

Police say Trimble was in the car with the shooter, Matthew Chavez, when he got out and gunned down Lackey after a failed robbery attempt.

Investigators say the two then went on a month-long crime spree in New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma where they were eventually caught.

While Trimble’s appearance Tuesday was supposed to be about setting a trial date, her attorney started arguing her case with the judge and fighting for a speedy trial.

Trimble, who isn’t charged with Lackey’s murder, could go on trial in November.

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