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New system could help victims of crimes

Created: 05/09/2014 10:12 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The New Mexico District Attorneys Association has a system that could drastically help victims of crimes who want to follow every move a suspect makes through the court system.  But not many people know it's there.

Danielle Todesco spoke with a victim who says she's struggled to keep up with the suspects accused in her son's murder.

"I've shown up at every single hearing I could possibly attend.  It has rearranged my life and my schedule," Larissa Lewis said.

For the past five years, Lewis has waited for justice in her son Kerry's murder case.  She has watched three suspects go through the court system.  She says one of the suspects has a hearing this Tuesday that she says could finally put someone behind bars for her son's murder.

Kerry Lewis was a UNM Engineering student.  He was just 21-years-old when he was killed in his own home during an invasion.

"He was shoved into the corner of his bedroom and shot contact range to the forehead....executed," Lewis said.

We spoke with Lewis at one of the many hearings she has attended to stay on top of this case.  Back in December, Luis Martinez, the man who police say shot Kerry, was expected to have a trial date set.  But just like many other cases, that didn't happen, and the process through the courts continues.    

"I watch the system neurotically, you know?  And it changes!" Lewis said.

Lewis says no one ever told her about nmsavin.com.  Users just register, plug in the name of the offender they're following, and they'll get instant email, text, or phone notifications of anything involved in that court case.    

Henry Valdez with the Office of the District Attorneys says they know it's under-utilized.   

"It certainly hasn't reached its potential as far as users," Valdez said.  "Part of that is we really don't have any kind of budget to do any kind of public relations."

For people like Lewis, it's a huge help.  But she says even when this case is closed, losing her son will never get easier.

"When everyone says it gets easier...no, it gets colder, more fatal, more...I can't touch you anymore ever," she said.

The website to get updates on court cases is www.nmsavin.com.


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