Suspect in deadly hit-and-run to remain in jail... for now
August 20, 2018 06:36 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A judge has ruled a 24-year-old suspect in a deadly hit and run will have to remain in jail.
24-year-old Casey Zuni had his first court appearance on Monday.
He's accused of drinking and driving, then crashing into Alyssa Barboa's car, killing her, and leaving the scene.
Barboa's family was was at the courthouse. Her mother, Valerie Jaramillo, couldn't help but cry, holding her daughter's picture outside the courtroom.
"She was just outgoing and just smart, funny," said Gabby Chavez, Alyssa's cousin. "Her smile was contagious, it didn't matter what conditions you were under, she always knew how to make me smile and laugh."
Last month an entire community came out to Tom Tenorio park to pay tribute to Barboa.
"She loved to play softball, she was extremely family oriented," Chavez said. "She had the biggest heart I know of. She would give you the shirt off her back. She just put everyone before herself. She was funny, she was my big sister."
Alyssa's family wanted to be in court to face her accused killer.
"He decided to drink and drive and he took her life," Chavez said.
Zuni's defense attorney requested that he be released to his parents. Instead, the judge continued Zuni's court-ordered services in jail until he completes the addiction treatment program, then he could be eligible for release.
There's no question Alyssa's family will be watching the case closely.
"We just have to keep her memory alive, and we will," Chavez said.
Zuni has 2-and-a-half weeks left of the addiction treatment program.
If he is released, he'll have to wear a wrist monitor and can't consume any alcohol or drugs.
He also can't drive and had a suspended license at the time of the crash.
Updated: August 20, 2018 06:36 PM
Created: August 20, 2018 04:29 PM
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