Man accused of murdering Albuquerque mother faces judge

Carlos Perez
Carlos Perez

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A man accused of murdering a young Albuquerque mother of four faced a judge on Wednesday.

Vanessa Delgado, 26, was found murdered in her home near Gibson and Juan Tabo on Tuesday morning after a family member called police asking them to check on her.

According to court documents, it was Delgado’s boyfriend, Carlos Perez, who contacted that family member asking for money and saying he had “hurt his wife really bad.”

When officers got to the couple’s home, they found Delgado’s body on a bed with a Wal-Mart bag over her head.

Vanessa’s mother tells KRQE News 13 that her daughter was trying to get her distance from Perez.

“They had been arguing for a couple of months. They were separated for a little bit for a short time. She wanted to get away from him,” said Marisela Romero, Delgado’s mother.

Perez was found hours later near Las Cruces with their three children and Delgado’s older child. Police say they were able to track Perez through his cell phone.

His attorneys argued that Perez be released to a third party because he doesn’t have a significant criminal history. The judge did not go for it, setting his bond at $250,000 cash only. 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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