ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - News 13 has learned new details about the murder of anAlbuquerque school teacher who disappeared nearly five monthsago.
Police announced Friday Ellen Roth, 61, was murdered.
The four suspects charged in the case appeared before ametropolitan court judge Saturday as well as the victim’sson, who police suspect was involved in some way.
Christopher Donovan, James Johnson, and Cathleen Roth, who isthe daughter-in-law of the victim, did not say anything in courtSaturday. Judge Daniel Ramczyk raised their bonds to $1 millioncash only.
A fourth suspect, Bella Gonzales, who is charged with tamperingwith evidence and conspiracy to commit murder, was released fromjail after posting bond Friday.
Judge Ramczyk increased her bond Saturday and Gonzales was sentback to jail.
“Ms. Gonzales, I'm going to have to take you intocustody,” Judge Ramczyk said. “The allegations in thiscomplaint are extremely serious, not only in terms of all thedefendants, but specifically in terms of you.”
Gonzales’ bond was raised to $1 million cash orsurety.
Donovan told investigators Cathleen Roth and James Johnsonplanned to kill Ellen because she told police her son, Bryan, hadstolen from her and used her credit card, according to the criminalcomplaint.
Investigators said Donovan drove Cathleen Roth and Johnson overto Ellen’s home and the pair waited in the garage and thenkilled her.
The criminal complaint stated the group then hid the body inGonzales’ apartment.
Investigators said both Cathleen Roth and Donovan kickedEllen’s body as it was wrapped up in a blue tarp.
The suspects are then accused of taking Ellen’s body to aremote part of the Jemez Mountains and burying her in a pre-duggrave.
Ellen’s son, Bryan, appeared in court Saturday on chargesof larceny and fraudulent use of a credit card.
“I’m going to set the bond at $75,000 cash orsurety,” Judge Ramczyk said.
Bryan Roth was in jail when his mother was killed.
He has not been charged with murder, but police said they thinkhe knew about it, at least after it happened.
Investigators said Ellen Roth may have been strangled. Anautopsy will determine the exact cause of death.
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