April 18 Morning Rush: Man connected to deaths of Albuquerque teens to remain in jail


1. A judge’s ruling will keep a man in jail after police say he is connected to the murder of two Albuquerque teens. The judge called the evidence against Jimmie Atkins disturbing and enough to move forward with the case. Prosecutors say the Snapchat video, which was presented in court, shows Atkins and others torturing Ahmed Lateef and Collin Romero before they were murdered. Atkins is charged in an unrelated armed robbery but has not been charged in the murder case.

Full story: Man connected to murder of Albuquerque teens to remain in jail

2. Classmates of the 10-year-old boy killed in an apartment fire will head back to school. Family members say the boy was Ja’Zay Simpson. The other two children critically injured in the fire are believed to be Ja’Zay’s siblings. The boy’s classmates from Mitchell Elementary School say the day they found out it was him there was a lot of hugging and crying. Fire investigators continue to look for the cause of the blaze at the Sierra Meadows Apartment Complex.

Full story: Family identifies boy who died in fire, classmates mourn their friend

3. High pressure sliding in behind out midweek storm will help kick off our next warming and drying trend. Morning fog will mix out once the sun comes up, making way for a mostly sunny sky late morning through late afternoon.  

Full story: Kristen’s Thursday Morning Forecast

4. Mayor Tim Keller and transportation officials are set to tour another set of electric buses for the longs awaited ART project. This comes as the previous bus company by the district attorney announces a settlement could be near. The city is suing the Chinese bus company, seeking damages for failure to meet contract obligations. 

Full story: Mayor Keller, transportation officials to tour buses as ART settlement nears

5. One New Mexico high school student will graduate from APS’s College and Career High School with his high school diploma and six associate degrees in liberal arts, integrative studies, math, chemistry, physics and biology. The student, Michael Sands is aspiring to become a neurosurgeon. His advice is that it’s a lot easier to learn when you like what you’re doing. 

Full story: Albuquerque student graduating high school with six associate degrees

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