Man connected to murder of Albuquerque teens to remain in jail


The state has won its fight to keep a man connected to the homicide of two Albuquerque teens locked up until trial. 

According to court records, 23-year-old Jimmie Atkins was involved in the murders of teens Ahmed Lateef and Collin Romero. The boys went missing for two weeks back in December before their bodies were discovered in a shallow grave in Sandoval County. 

Atkins hasn’t been charged in the murders but was arrested for an unrelated armed robbery back in November. 

He appeared in district court Wednesday where Judge Cindy Leos agreed with prosecutors that he’s a danger to the community. She ordered him held.

“It’s probably one of the most disturbing things I’ve seen. What is occurring in that vehicle with those two homicide victims and Mr. Atkins behind the wheel,” said Judge Leos.

Wednesday, prosecutors played a Snapchat video they say shows Jimmie Atkins and others torturing Lateef and Romero before they were murdered. 

Atkins is one of five people police believe were involved in the boys’ deaths.

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