Double homicide suspect has criminal history
Posted at: 08/23/2012 4:27 PM
| Updated at: 08/23/2012 9:38 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Albuquerque Police have made the arrest that family and friends have been waiting for.
A man is in custody accused in the murders of a woman and her nephew Tuesday.
Before 38-year-old Brian Pulliam was even arrested, friends and family told us he was exactly who they suspected. In our interview with friends Wednesday, they talked about Kirsten Landeau's relationship with Pulliam and why they are now relieved that he is behind bars.
Albuquerque Police said they arrested Pulliam around 2 a.m. Thursday in a northwest Albuquerque apartment.
Deputy Chief Paul Feist said they were careful not to release his name until he was in custody.
"It was important we made sure that the other people that were being interviewed were safe as well," Feist said.
Friends of Landeau asked KOB Eyewitness News 4 on Wednesday to be careful what aired about their interview. They said they were afraid because Pulliam hadn't been arrested yet.
"Just because of the weird encounters that we've all had with him from first meeting him," one friend said. "It was just one of the first questions."
They also said that they were concerned about Pulliam from the start, but said Landeau defended him.
"She really tried to explain to us that he was a good person," Julia Gallegos said. "She stressed that to us, she told me I'm safe with him, he's good for me. We all trusted her judgment."
According to the criminal complaint other friends and family reported to police that the two did have a history of domestic violence. It also states that Pulliam called a friend hours after Landeau and Cearfoss were found dead and said, "I'm in trouble, and I'm not going back to prison."
Deputy Chief Feist briefly talked about Pulliam's criminal background and said that he is an admitted member of the Aryan Nations.
Friends are organizing a vigil for the victims at Fox Memorial Park on Friday at 8 p.m. They have also set up a memorial fund to help the family. You can donate here: http://www.gofundme.com/Kirsten-and-Dillon