ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The man wanted in connection with a murder in Georgia and arrested near Albuquerque earlier this month was convicted of murdering his wife in New Mexico two decades ago.
Sandoval County sheriff's deputies took Robert Craig Sandman into custody on April 7 at the San Felipe Casino after people reported him being a nuisance in the parking lot. Deputies say Sandman had ingested methamphetamine.
They soon learned that he had a warrant out of Duluth, Ga., related to a recent murder and was driving the car belonging to that murder victim.
Donald Singer, 52, was found dead wrapped in blankets in his garage on March 24 two days after Sandman was released from prison for stalking a woman who lived down the street from Singer.
Investigators in Duluth won't say what possible link Sandman had to Singer or a possible motive, but they do say others could be linked to the murder.
KRQE News 13 has learned Sandman already has one murder in his criminal history. He admitted to the 1992 murder of his wife Virginia in Carlsbad.
Virginia Sandman's body was found floating in the Pecos River just hours after her husband had reported her missing. Investigators say she had obvious signs of trauma on her body.
Sandman later pleaded guilty and served nine years at the state pen. He served his parole in Iowa and then became a truck driver.
It's unclear what ties Sandman has to Duluth. Investigators say Sandman will be extradited from New Mexico to George to answer questions about the murder of Singer.
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