Homeless man found beaten to death once accused of murder himself

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department is investigating a homicide at Coronado Park Monday night. APD says officers were called to Coronado Park near I-40 and 4th Street around 8:36 p.m. for a call about two male subjects battering a third suspect.

APD reports the caller advised them one person possibly had a shovel. The victim died at the scene.

The victim in the homicide has been identified as Randy Hilliard who is also known as Moreno. (courtesy APD/Crime Stoppers)

Albuquerque Metropolitan Crime Stoppers and APD have identified the victim as 49-year-old Randy Hilliard who is also known as Moreno.

Hilliard is the same man who was accused of setting 50-year-old Leo Molzhon on fire under the bridge at I-40 and 12th Street in 2017. Charges against Hilliard were dismissed in May after a couple of witnesses died. Police have not made any arrests in Hilliard’s murder. It’s unclear if the two cases are connected.

APD’s Homicide Unit is asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 505-843-STOP or to submit anonymous tips at P3tips.com.

Authorities have not released information about the possible suspects at this time.

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