Family faces accused killer in court

Created: 07/24/2014 6:03 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4

They’ve waited six years for their loved one's accused killer to face a judge. Now that it's happened, an Albuquerque family hopes he'll spend the rest of his life in prison.

Raul Pena was on the run for 5 years, but federal marshals finally caught up with him last year in Mexico. He was just recently extradited to Albuquerque where he’s facing a murder charge for allegedly gunning down Robert Chavez.

"We've been waiting for a long, long time to get justice for my nephew,” said Jackie Pena, Chavez’s aunt.

In 2008, police say Pena was just 17-year-old when he gunned down 34-year-old Chavez at an Albuquerque gas station after the two got into a fender bender.

"This coward shot my brother senselessly and ever since that day we haven't been the same," said Chavez’s aunt, Melissa Scott.

Now that he's in custody, Chavez's mom wants to sit down with her son's accused killer face to face.

"I would say why did you kill my son,” said Celina Chavez. “Why did he do it."

Pena is also facing attempted murder and kidnapping charges from a 2010 case involving his girlfriend.

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