Murder trial begins for woman accused of killing 86-year-old

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The trial is underway for the woman accused of killing her boyfriend’s elderly aunt.

“They were, they were close together. They worked close together all the time, and on this night in particular, they worked together closely to kill Josephine Ortega,” prosecutors said.

Both Evonne Jaramillo and her boyfriend, Craig Smith, are accused of murdering Smith’s aunt, 86-year-old Josephina Ortega, inside her home back in 2017.

During opening statements, prosecutors argued Jaramillo’s DNA was not only found at the scene of the crime, but she and Smith were seen on surveillance cameras buying items used in the crime at Walmart just days before. However, defense attorneys claim Jaramillo was manipulated by Smith and he’s the one who murdered Ortega.

“I’m not asking you to feel bad for Ms. Jaramillo, she’s made mistakes, but Craig Smith murdered his aunt,” defense attorney Edward Bustamante said.

Smith’s trial is expected to begin next year.

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