Feds to take over case against suspect in Albuquerque apartment fire

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The case of a woman charged with starting a devastating apartment fire has gone federal.

Last week’s fire at the courtyard apartments near San Pedro and Montgomery left 23 people without their homes and did $750,000 in damage. Police say Cherlynn Martinez admitted to igniting papers on the stove, then shoving them into a mattress.

Wednesday in court, the state dropped its charges, saying the U.S. Attorney will take over the case. KRQE News 13 is working to learn why the feds are stepping in.

Martinez will remain in custody for now.

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