Police seek 2nd suspect in beating death

Marcus Hamilton (left), Phillip Martin (center) and Samantha Ross (right). Marcus Hamilton (left), Phillip Martin (center) and Samantha Ross (right). | 

Elizabeth Reed,
July 09, 2015 01:46 PM

Albuquerque police are looking for a second person believed to be involved in the beating death of a 65-year-old man last week.


Officers arrested 20-year-old Marcus Hamilton on Friday in connection to the case. Police said Hamilton admitted to kicking and punching Richard Zarate in his home with a friend, 24-year-old Phillip Martin. Zarate died from his injuries on June 5.

Hamilton reportedly told police he was staying with Zarate when the 65-year-old man was accused of sexually assaulting a family member.

Police have issued a warrant for Martin's arrest on an open count of murder.

A woman, 20-year-old Samantha Ross, was also arrested in the case. Police say she was seen on Wal-Mart surveillance video with Hamilton using Zarate's credit card after his murder.

Ross is charged with several counts of credit card theft and is expected to appear in court Monday.


Elizabeth Reed,

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