Albuquerque mail carrier’s grandson arrested in connection with her death

Crime

An Albuquerque mail carrier was brutally murdered and now police have found a third suspect. That suspect is the mail carrier’s grandson.

The Albuquerque Police Department says they arrested 20-year old Drake Bickett on Friday in connection with the death of Marilyn Gandert.

Her body was found burned in the mesa, near Rio Rancho, back in January.

“We were able to locate him at a skate park on the west side. He actually was closer to the officers than what they knew,” says Officer Simon Drobik with APD.

Police say Bicket was evicted from his Taylor Ranch home that Gandert owned. Bickett lived in that home with two other women, Annie Rael and Alissa Bickett, who was Gandert’s daughter-in-law.

Police say the three of them were upset Gandert evicted them from the house and because of that, police say they killed her.

“This victim was very beloved. She seemed to be just a very great person and unfortunately, she had family members that took advantage of her and killed her in a brutal fashion,” says Officer Drobik.

According to a criminal complaint, both Annie Rael and Alissa Bickett started beating Gandert in the Taylor Ranch home.

The complaint goes on to say that Rael and Bickett were concerned because she “just wouldn’t die.”

That is when police say they got help from Drake, who stabbed his grandmother to death.

“That was his grandmother, yeah. It’s completely disturbing and he’s running around town and we were definitely looking for him. We finally picked up our guy,” says Officer Drobik.

While police were escorting him late Friday night, he gave a motive for his actions.

“She mentioned that she was old, tired.” 

All three suspects are charged with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence, and kidnapping.

Drake Bickett appeared before a judge on Saturday morning. Metropolitan Court Judge Christine Rodriguez chose to keep him behind bars for now. The other two suspects are also still in jail.

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