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Man who murdered parents back in custody, accused of torture

Kasia Gregorczyk
August 22, 2017 09:17 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – It’s been seven years since Mitchell Overhand was released from prison after serving about half of his original 40-year sentence for murdering his parents in 1988.

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And seven years later, he is back in custody after he – along with four others – allegedly tied up a man and brutally tortured him over drug money.

Police say 29-year-old Chase Smotherman lured a victim to a southwest Albuquerque property to buy drugs. Once there, Smotherman and Overhand, along with three other unidentified suspects, began to punish the victim over the debt.

The victim told police he was “bound by his hands and feet,” and repeatedly hit with “blunt objects.”

Then, his kidnappers allegedly poured rubbing alcohol on his open wounds.

The victim told police he was later taken to a room and forced to look at a computer screen. On that screen were images too graphic to detail of his dead best friend’s mutilated body.

According to the report, Overhand eventually let the victim eat pizza and beer. The victim also told police he witnessed Overhand and his girlfriend take drugs before cutting him loose and telling him, “You have been spared. Don’t talk to the cops.”

The state has filed a motion for a pretrial detention hearing for Overhand.

Smotherman, who was arrested last week, is also still in jail. He has a criminal history including an alleged road rage incident and shooting in February of 2017. Investigators say he was driving and hit another vehicle on I-40 in that incident.

The person in that car followed Smotherman to Central Avenue, and both vehicles crashed again. Then, investigators say, Smotherman fired shots.

They arrested him after reportedly finding drugs in his car. 

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Kasia Gregorczyk

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