19-year-old suspected in murder of 2 teens to be held for previous charges

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A judge ruled Friday that Stephan Goldman will remain locked up as the Albuquerque Police Department builds its case against him in the murders of 15-year-old Collin Romero and 14-year-old Ahmed Lateef.

Friday, investigators revealed the teens were beaten, tortured and shot all over marijuana.

The boys were last seen by a friend on Dec. 16 after leaving his house near Hoover Middle School to go give someone weed.

Investigators believe that someone was Stephen Goldman.

Friday in court, a detective testified that as the boy’s families zeroed in on a search area, in the many days the boys were missing, the bodies were moved. Investigators say they have evidence Goldman’s father may have torched the car used to transport the bodies.

They also have a link to Goldman’s sister. Goldman was found hiding out in her home in Oregon after the murders.

It took a SWAT standoff to get him in custody, but they did find a piece of important evidence there. A notebook in Goldman’s handwriting. 

At this point, Goldman is not facing charges for the murders, but police say it is a work in progress. They believe a second person was also involved in the murders. APD has not revealed a name.

A third person Anthony Aragon has been arrested for tampering with evidence. He is accused of moving the bodies. He was caught in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Judge Charles Brown found Goldman a danger to the community and a flight risk. The judge ruled to hold Goldman.

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