January 8th Morning Rush: Jessica Kelley pleads no contest in Victoria Martens case


1. It’s onto the sentencing phase for the first of three suspects in the brutal murder of 10-year-old Victoria Martens. Jessica Kelley could face up to 50 years in prison after a judge accepted her latest plea deal. That deal could be critical for how the case moves forward. Prosecutors say they’ll now focus on the only male suspect charged, Fabian Gonzales. They also hope to identify a fourth suspect soon and they’re banking on Kelley to help out. Kelley plead no contest to six charges including child abuse resulting in death and tampering for her role in Victoria’s murder in 2016. While Kelley faces up to 50 years in prison, she could be out in 20 for good time served.

Full Story: Jessica Kelley pleads no contest to several charges in Victoria Martens case

2. A major west side road is back open after a deadly crash. More details about from police about what happened are expected to be released Tuesday. Monday night, the Albuquerque Police Department says three cars crashed near Coors and Montano. One woman was sent to the hospital where she later died. 

Full Story: Coors near Montano reopened after fatal crash

3. A weak cold front passing over eastern NM on Tuesday will shave a few degrees off afternoon highs, leaving the Northeast Plains in the 30s and 40s / Southeast Plains warming into the 50s. 

Full Story: Kristen’s Tuesday Morning Forecast

4. The man charged in the death of his 1-year-old may stay behind bars until trial. Police say David Zuber and the girl’s mother, Monique Romero, are accused of leaving 1-year-old Anastazia and her 2-year-old sister unattended in the bathtub, resulting in her drowning. Zuber then allegedly buried the girl’s body in the backyard of a friend’s home. He was in court Monday afternoon where the state filed a motion to keep him locked up until trial. Meanwhile, the couple’s two other children have been placed in CYFD custody.

Full Story: Father accused in infant daughter’s death appears in court

5. Meow Wolf now wants to help federal employees during the partial shutdown. The interactive exhibit is offering them free admission until the shutdown is over. Meow Wolf is encouraging other businesses in New Mexico to help them out as well because they aren’t working and are not being paid. If you’re a federal employee, all you have to do is show your work ID or badge from your agency to get in.

Full Story: Meow Wolf offering free admission to federal employees during shutdown

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