Deputy DA explains delay in potential charges for girl's death
August 22, 2018 06:13 PM
RIO RANCHO, N.M. - Nearly two weeks after 6-year-old Ariana Romeo was found dead inside Rio Rancho home, no one has been charged.
Officials say they are waiting for DNA and evidence testing to come back.
“Right now we don’t have enough information to make a good decision on any charges lesser or homicide,” said Barbara Romo the Sandoval County Deputy District Attorney. “It’s not uncommon when an investigation is complete there will be lesser charges included but we look at it as an entire investigation then we charge accordingly."
Romo said agencies, like Rio Rancho Police Department, have protocols when it comes to presenting investigations to the office.
“They are so overwhelmed at the state crime lab, as well as at OMI,” said Romo. “We can ask them but we just really have no control over that.”
Romo addressed concerns about whether a potential suspect could flee.
“It’s always a concern but my experience in these cases are, ironically, the longer the investigation takes the more confidence these suspects get thinking they're not going to be held accountable,” said Romo.
She said detectives are working overtime, making sure they get to the bottom of what happened to Ariana.
“Unfortunately no matter what we do, we can rush the investigation, it’s not going to bring her back. You know, it’s better to do a thorough investigation and make sure we have the right person or persons and, hopefully, when the investigation is completed, it will lead us to that point,” said Romo.
Updated: August 22, 2018 06:13 PM
Created: August 22, 2018 05:59 PM
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