Moriarty murder suspect convicted in cold case kidnapping

Mark Chavez

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An accused killer has now been convicted in a 2006 cold case kidnapping.

DNA linked Mark Chavez to the 2006 case where a woman was badly beaten with a chain, a wooden board and a window frame.

The woman at the time told police she thought she was going to die, so she scratched her attacker. It wasn’t until Chavez was arrested for another crime in 2014 that his DNA was taken and linked.

Chavez faces a mandatory 18 years behind bars. 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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