Judge sets $100K bond for suspect in fatal stolen car crash


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The woman who police say admitted to driving a stolen van that rammed into a family’s car killing a Sandia High school freshman will still have the opportunity to bond out of jail but it will take a lot of cash.

Elexus Groves is in MDC on a $100,000 cash only bond, charged with the murder of 14-year-old Shaylee Boling. The state tried to make it impossible for her to get out but the judge didn’t go for it.

Groves is accused of driving the stolen van that killed the teen last week.

Thursday, prosecutors argued Groves poses a danger to the community because of her history of fleeing from police. The state cited an incident last month in Placitas where deputies found Groves trying to steal mail with her partner in crime Paul Garcia. They say she took off in a car nearly hitting a deputy.

The state went on to say in this case the results were tragic adding crash data shows Groves ran a stop sign in the residential area of Copper and Chelwood Park going 78 miles an hour before hitting the car Boling was in. Boling’s mother was taken to the hospital in critical condition and her younger sibling was also injured. The speed limit there is 35 miles per hour.

The state argued nothing could ensure the public’s safety if Groves happened to post bond. The defense did their best to argue against the no bond hold saying they have yet to see the evidence that places Groves at the scene.

No members of the victim’s family were in court Thursday but Groves’ mother was there. She sat in the courtroom crying and did not want to speak with KRQE News 13.

Police are still looking for the second suspect, 24-year-old Paul Garcia. They put a plea on Facebook Wednesday encouraging him to turn himself in.

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