ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The man involved in a robbery scheme that ended in murder will not remain behind bars until trial. Adrian Avila and Anna Dukes are accused of luring a man through social media and kidnapping him last February.
Police say Dukes lured a man through social media. APD believes Dukes, along with Avila and two other suspects, held him at gunpoint–demanding cash, jewelry and a gun. They allegedly drove to his home and when they arrived, his brother, 24-year-old Elias Otero, came out of the house and threatened to shoot the suspects. Police say Avila then shot and killed Otero. Avila has also been charged for shooting and killing a man who was trying to buy a gun from a group he was with at a park near I-40 and Juan Tabo in 2020.
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The state filed a pre-trial detention motion, saying he is a danger to the community. Judge Stan Whitaker ruled against the state, allowing Avila to be released only if a GPS monitor is available. The district attorney says his office plans to appeal the ruling.