DA drops charges against woman connected to veteran’s murder


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – All charges have been dropped against the woman connected to the murder of an Army veteran at an ATM in Albuquerque.

Veronica Trimble claimed she was just along for the ride when Matthew Chavez allegedly shot to death 24-year-old Tyler Lackey in an attempted robbery.

Lackey’s family is outraged.

Trimble was expected in court Thursday to see if her charges would dropped.

Before that hearing even started, the District Attorney’s office dropped the case.

Lackey was killed in February at a Wells Fargo ATM near Gibson and Yale.

Chavez and Trimble were later caught in Oklahoma.

Trimble was charged with attempted armed robbery.

When word came down Thursday that charges were dropped, Lackey’s family was devastated.

“A lot of people wrote in asking that they not drop the charges and, you know, they probably got many letters,” said Paula Frank, Lackey’s aunt. “But I guess it wasn’t… wasn’t enough.”

Lackey’s family says they met with the DA’s office Wednesday and were told there wasn’t enough evidence to prove Trimble was in on the robbery.

In a court document, submitted by Assistant District Attorney Timothy Callaway, the State claims that despite subpoenas and attempts to contact key witnesses, the witnesses didn’t show up for pre-trial interviews.

Other witnesses who did show up to interviews could only place Trimble at the scene and couldn’t
prove she helped Chavez in the armed robbery.

Prosecutors also say about a tampering with evidence charge that it doesn’t have enough evidence to show Trimble dyed her hair with the intention of hiding from police.

Trimble claims she was just a passenger in Chavez’ car at the time of the shooting and was held against her will afterwards.

Chavez is serving time in Oklahoma for other crimes, where police say he went on a crime spree after killing Lackey.

He also has robbery charges pending in Texas.

The DA’s office did not give any indication when Chavez may be brought back to Albuquerque for Lackey’s murder case but it did say the investigation is ongoing.

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