Woman pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder of postal worker | KOB 4

Woman pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder of postal worker

Brittany Costello
April 12, 2019 12:23 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It is another step towards justice for the family of a beloved Albuquerque postal worker. Police said the body of Marilyn Gandert was found beaten, stabbed, and burned last year.


In a tragic twist, the suspects were her own grandson, her daughter-in-law and their roommate

Now Annie Rael is admitting to taking part in that murder. Rael pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder on Thursday.

In that plea agreement, she may also be called to testify against the other suspects when they head to trial.

Rael was one of three charged in connection to that crime. Gandert's daughter-in-law and grandson, Alissa and Drake Bickett, were also arrested.

In the deal, Rael could serve 12 years in prison. She won’t actually be sentenced until after the trials for the other two suspects in this case.

Her sentencing is scheduled for July.


Brittany Costello

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