Chewing gum leads authorities to murder suspect | KOB 4

Chewing gum leads authorities to murder suspect Web Staff
June 13, 2018 08:35 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – An arrest has been made in a January beating death. 52-year-old Joseph Gurule has been charged in the murder of Roman Trujillo.  Trujillo’s body was found in an Albuquerque ditch back in January.


Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies say DNA collected from the blanket Trujillo’s body was wrapped in and gum found next to the body, was matched to Gurule.

According to a criminal complaint, Gurule confessed to being involved in the murder. He told deputies he and his then-girlfriend were confronted by Trujillo for owing drug money.  Gurule said his girlfriend, who has since passed away, owed Trujillo money for heroin.

According to the criminal complaint, Gurule said Trujillo was threatening them with a gun. That’s when he said he grabbed a “weight” and hit Trujillo in the face up to three times. He said he then blacked out and “was not sure what happened next.”

Gurule told deputies he and his girlfriend were scared, so they wrapped Trujillo’s body in blankets and clothes and dumped his body in a ditch bank. He says his girlfriend then disposed of Trujillo’s belongings and firearm.

Gurule has been charged with murder and tampering with evidence.

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