ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An accused murderer will stay behind bars, at least for now.
Monday afternoon, a judge decided to hold Jedidiah Rose without bond.
Jedidiah Rose is accused in a cold case murder that goes back to 1996, where a man was robbed and bludgeoned in his own home near Nob Hill.
Last August, Albuquerque police arrested Rose on car theft-related charges.
They took his DNA and that’s how investigators linked Rose to the murder of Rick Brodbeck.
Police think the two briefly knew each other when Rose robbed and killed Brodbeck.
After his arrest in August, the judge set him free while he awaited trial, acknowledging that Rose had stayed out of trouble for 20 years.
In January, he failed a drug test and landed himself in jail again only to be let out. Then, last week, prosecutors say Rose tested positive for cocaine.
Rose had an explanation for that in court Monday, saying he was having trouble getting his anti-anxiety pills so he self-medicated.
The court’s Pretrial Services says they offered help getting those pills.
Prosecutors asked the judge to hold Rose without bond until trial because of that pending first-degree murder charge.
The sister of Rick Brodbeck, the murder victim, says the family is grateful Rose is finally being treated like a murder suspect and being kept behind bars.
The judge did say he will allow the defense to file a motion to reconsider the no bond hold.