Man convicted in 1988 murder wanted in recent kidnapping

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque man convicted of killing his parents in a high-profile case almost 30 years ago is now wanted by police.

It’s been about seven years since Mitchell Overhand got out of prison.

APD is looking for Overhand in connection with a gruesome kidnapping and beating on Albuquerque’s westside.

Overhand is accused of working with others to beat and torture a man at an Albuquerque house for hours.

Overhand is 45 years old now. He was just 16 when deputies arrested him in 1988 for shooting his parents, Karen and Peter Overhand.

The teen was sentenced to 40 years in prison for shooting them while they slept at their Paradise Hills home.

Investigators said after the shooting, Overhand beat his mother with a hammer until she died and then buried them both in the backyard before throwing a party at the house.

Overhand got out of prison seven years ago and was off probation about two years ago.

Now, APD is looking for the 45-year-old for a kidnapping that happened last week.

Court documents show an alleged victim said he went to a home in the Westgate area near 98th and Tower after a friend texted him that he wanted to buy marijuana.

He said that when he got there, a group, including Overhand, knocked him out, tied him up with duct tape and beat him with a baseball bat for hours, claiming he owed them drug money.

The victim said they forced him to look at a picture on a computer of his best friend, John Soyka, dead and sexually mutilated.

After about four hours, the victim said it was Overhand who yelled for everyone to stop the beating, saying he believed the victim who insisted he didn’t know anything about the drug money.

The victim said Overhand dropped him off near Sandia Prep High School and said, “You have been spared. Don’t talk to the cops.”

Court records don’t show criminal charges since Overhand’s release from prison.

As an inmate though, he did plead guilty to a charge of possession of a deadly weapon or explosive by a prisoner.

While APD has a warrant out for Overhand’s arrest, police did book 29-year-old Chase Smotherman into the Bernalillo County jail early Friday morning for that beating last week.

Smotherman’s charges include kidnapping and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

APD’s missing persons unit is investigating Soyka’s disappearance. 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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