ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Two long-named suspects in the disappearance and killing of Albuquerque teens Collin Romero and Ahmed Lateef have now been formally charged with kidnap and murder.
A Bernalillo County grand jury returned indictments Thursday against 20-year old Stephen Goldman Jr. and 23-year old Jimmie Dunbar Atkins, charging each with first degree murder among other charges.
The charges against Goldman Jr. and Dunbar Atkins come about a week after prosecutors filed a criminal complaint against 15-year old Julio Fabian “Fafa” Almentero in the same case. A grand jury also indicted Almentero in the case Thursday.
Romero and Lateef were tortured, then shot to death in December 2018. Investigators believe Romero and Lateef were kidnaped from a home in the northeast heights last December, as the two teens had arranged a marijuana and gun purchase with Goldman Jr. The teens bodies were found buried on a shallow grave on the mesa west of Rio Rancho near the Double Eagle Airport.
Reacting to murder indictments Thursday, Romero’s mother, Amanda Kimbrel says she’s relieved.
“I feel a lot of relief, that, you know, we’re pushing forward,” said Kimbrel. “I’m happy to know that DA Torres is taking this case seriously.”
Prosecutors says video showing parts of the crime was recorded on Snapchat. Investigators have not revealed what role each of the suspects played in the murders.
Goldman Jr. and Atkins have been suspected of having a role in the murder case for months, however, prosecutors haven’t formally pursued charges against the pair until this week.
“It did at first bother me, but now that I kind of learned the justice system, real justice is slow,” said Kimbrel.
Goldman Jr., Dunbar Atkins and Almentero are each charged with two counts of murder, kidnapping conspiracy, armed robbery and tampering with evidence.
Two other adults, Stephen Goldman Senior (Goldman’s father) and Anthony Aragon (Almentero’s Uncle) are also charged in the case.
Court records show Goldman Sr. was indicted on two counts of tampering with evidence and once count of conspiracy. He’s accused of burning the car used to dump the bodies and disposing of the guns that were used.
Aragon is accused of tampering with evidence in Sandoval County. He is currently in a Las Vegas, Nevada jail on unrelated charges in that state.
Kimbrel now hopes all of the suspects in the case are held accountable.
“This is about, you know two young boys who were viciously murdered, for no reason,” said Kimbrel.