Family of relative murdered 8 years ago seeks justice

Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
July 24, 2014 09:28 AM

A New Mexico family is willing to relive the horror of their relative's murder to make sure they get justice.

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Charmain Waites says her brother, 18-year-old Alexander Ogle, was murdered by Michael Swick before Swick and his cousin brutally beat an elderly couple in Cuba, New Mexico back in 2006.

Swick was sentenced to 62 years for the couple's beating.  Now, Waites says the District Attorney is trying to get her family to take a plea deal for Swick's murder charge, which would sentence him to 5 years, most of it already served.

"It's just a kick in the face.  It's like be quiet, be good little boys and girls and we're just going to sweep this under the carpet and Alex's death meant nothing.  Well to us he meant something.  He meant the world to us," Waites said.

The family is pushing for a trial for Swick.  Waites says Swick was found competent to stand trial on July 17th.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 tried contacting District Attorney Lemuel Martinez.  Neither he nor his assistant could be reached for comment.


Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

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