Pair linked to three homicides appear in Albuquerque courtroom

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The couple linked to three murders finally appeared in an Albuquerque courtroom.

State Police arrested Yoan Santiesteban and Gloria Chavez in Santa Rosa last week. They were caught driving a stolen white Nissan that belonged to Samir Al Abboudy, who was shot at the Days Inn on Menaul last month.

Detectives say the duo killed him and 26-year-old Matthew Severinghaus a few days later during robberies.

Police say the third victim, 27-year old Celina Arrellanes, was killed in the crossfire of a reported drug deal gone wrong.

“The judge issuing a warrant did find probable cause, so what I will be doing is transferring the case to the District Court for the appropriate motion hearing on the hold,” Judge Victor Valdez said on Tuesday.

Santiesteban has been charged with an open count of murder, robbery with a deadly weapon, and tampering with evidence.

Chavez is facing a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.

Chavez and Santiesteban were being held in Guadalupe County until Monday.

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