Albuquerque woman charged with murder appears in court

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An Albuquerque woman suspected in the May 2018 murder of an Albuquerque woman appeared in court Sunday morning.

Thirty-seven-year-old Latrice Thomas was arrested in California recently for the shooting death of Hilarie Humbles.

Police say 27-year-old Humbles was found dead at an apartment complex near Juan Tabo and Central last summer. After a lengthy investigation, police identified Thomas as the suspected killer, saying the shooting took place during a fight between the two over $40.

Sunday, Thomas learned the state has filed a pre-trial detention motion on her. 

“What that means is this matter will be heard by a district court judge of who will review your criminal history, and review the facts of this case and make a determination about whether or not you shall be released.”

The district court judge will decide if Thomas should remain locked up until trial for this murder case. Court records show the only other criminal history Thomas has in New Mexico was allegedly punching her stepmother in 2017.

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