Three of the suspects police say were involved in the shooting death of an Espanola teen appeared before a judge for the first time Wednesday. The number of suspects is now up to six after police arrested two more teens in the murder.
There were at least 100 people at Municipal Court in Espanola, for the basketball-loving teenager police say was killed in a case of mistaken identity.
In court Wednesday, one of the main suspects in the case cried as a judge told him he couldn’t believe an innocent life was taken and others injured.
“We’re a great community with some bad apples and this was one of those situations where one of our youths was taken before his time,” District Attorney Marco Serna said.
The shooting happened on Oct. 4 on Highway 68 just north of Espanola when a group of people in two cars opened fire on a Subaru.
Recent Espanola Valley High School grad Cameron Martinez was killed and three of his friends were wounded in a case of mistaken identity.
Mark Hice, his girlfriend Brittany Garcia, as well as Anton Martinez and 17-year-old Axel Zamarron, were arrested not long after.
Tuesday night, State Police arrested 17-year-old Katryna Moya and 16-year-old Alejandra Gonzalez, who told police she was driving one of the cars.
Police say both teens admitted to knowing Hice was looking to shoot at people who had been threatening him.
The two girls and Brittany Garcia, who police say was driving the other car, are charged with conspiracy, while the men are charged with murder.
The state has filed for preventative detention for Hice, Anton Martinez and Brittany Garcia.
KRQE News 13 asked State Police why the females are not charged with murder. They say there is no indication any of them fired a weapon, just that they were present during the time of the shooting.
They say more arrests could be made Wednesday.
A funeral service was held Wednesday morning for Martinez, and Tuesday thousands of people attended a memorial service at Espanola Valley High School on the basketball court.