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Daughter of slain couple remains focus of murder trial

Updated: 01/29/2014 1:11 PM | Created: 01/29/2014 1:08 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

He's the man accused of killing an Albuquerque couple in their home in 2005. Prosecutors said Ronald Santiago was trying to cover up a fraud scheme.

But, once again, in court Wednesday, the focus was not on Santiago.

Was Renee Ohlemacher ever considered a suspect in the murder of her parents? A former APD detective on the case said no.

"We had to find out what she knew and obviously in a case like this a couple of things cross your mind," said Frank Flores.

On the stand, Flores told prosecutors he interviewed Renee about 6 times. 

Police said Renee was at the home the night her parents, Greg and Bernadette Ohlemacher, were shot and killed. Renee was the one who called 911.

Flores said he interrogated her but he said there were never any inconsistencies in what she said.

"Do you feel that Renee Ohlemacher had anything to do with the murder of her parents?" asked the prosecutor. "No, she didn't", answered Flores.

"For Detective Flores to say Renee was never considered a suspect is just false," responded the defense. 

The defense said the department was looking at Renee Ohlemacher, and was even preparing a grand jury investigation.

"They were seeking to analyze the computers that were related to and formally owned by Renee Ohlemacher. Why? Because they wanted to present that to the grand jury," said the defense. 

The defense has argued that Renee had the motive to kill her parents - not Ronald Santiago.

Renee has never been charged in connection to the case, but the defense is trying to prove reasonable doubt. 

The trial continues Thursday. 


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