Teen suspect in Mike’s Place homicide to remain behind bars

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A local teen, accused of killing a man near a southwest Albuquerque bar in April, will remain behind bars until his trial.

Prosecutors accuse 17-year-old Marcos Valdez of shooting and killing 26-year-old Vicente Guerra. They believe it happened April 23 outside of Mike’s Place Bar on Isleta Boulevard.

Authorities arrested Valdez in Las Cruces earlier this month.

During his pretrial detention hearing Wednesday, prosecutors argued the charges against him and his history prove he is a danger to the community. The defense didn’t fight these accusations. Valdez already allegedly violated probation on charges out of Doña Ana County.

“My understanding is the juvenile authorities in Doña Ana County have requested that he be committed to YDDC for the other approximately year-and-a-half probation he was on in that juvenile case. For that reason, I think it’s in his best interest that the court grant the state’s motion,” said Michael Rosenfield, defense attorney.

Judge Joseph Montaño agreed Valdez is a danger to the community. Valdez will now remain behind bars.