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Espanola woman acquitted in uncle's 2012 killing

Created: 08/01/2014 7:12 PM
By: APNewsNow, Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - An Espanola woman accused of orchestrating the killing of her 64-year-old uncle has been acquitted.

A jury in Santa Fe on Friday found 36-year-old Rhiannon Montoya not guilty in the October 2012 stabbing and beating death of 64-year-old Rudy Montoya at his Chimayo home.

She was found guilty of tampering with evidence and aggravated burglary.

Rhiannon Montoya was accused of offering two women thousands of dollars to commit the murder in order to increase her share of her grandfather's inheritance.

Her lawyer says the other two women were solely responsible and the killing resulted from a burglary gone bad.

Prosecutors say 20-year-old Sheanee "Shea" Martinez and 24-year-old Angel Baldonado already have pleaded guilty to second-degree murder under a deal with prosecutors in which they agreed to testify against Rhiannon Montoya.

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Photo: The Santa Fe New Mexican

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