July 3rd Morning Rush: DA explains delay in revealing fourth suspect in Victoria Martens’ case

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1. The Bernalillo County DA’s Office says they’re trying to find out who the fourth suspect is in the brutal rape and murder of 10-year-old Victoria Martens. The girl’s mom, Michelle Martens, Fabian Gonzales and his cousin, Jessica Kelley, were all arrested and charged. Last week, Victoria’s mother struck a plea deal with most of the charges against her and Gonzales were dropped. DA Raul Torrez says when he took office, they discovered cell phone data shows Gonzales and Martens were not at the apartment at the time of the murder. Now the unknown fourth suspect is facing charges, including rape and first-degree murder.

Full Story: DA explains delay in revealing new suspect in Victoria Martens’ case

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2. New Mexico’s Attorney General Hector Balderas says he wants the U.S. and Mexico to work on sharing more information to stop crime in the state. Balderas met with law enforcement agencies in southern New Mexico to discuss how closely officers will work with federal immigration officials. Governor Susana Martinez said in April she supported President Trump’s decision to deploy the National Guard to the border. The AG says he’s not on the same page with that idea. The AG says he’s planning a meeting in August to start talking about ways to prosecute criminals in both countries.

Full Story: New Mexico AG to work with border agencies to stop crime in the area

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3. Another hot afternoon with highs climbing well into the 80s and 90s across New Mexico. 

Full Story: Kristen’s Tuesday Morning Forecast

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4. As Canada’s trade tariffs against the U.S. takes hold, New Mexico’s salsa and chile industry is bracing for a big impact. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced they will be imposing a ten percent tariff against all sauces, condiments, and seasonings coming from the U.S. According to the Chamber of Commerce, the condiment tax will cost New Mexico nearly half a million dollars. KRQE News 13 reached out to several other local salsa and chile businesses, but many were still trying to figure out how this will impact them.

Full Story: Canada’s new trade tariffs will hurt New Mexico salsa, chile producers

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5. Houston Astros third baseman and Albuquerque native, Alex Bregman, is the American League Player of the Month for June. Bregman hit 11 home runs in June. He also drove in 30 runs. Bregman is now second on the team in home runs and runs batted in.

Full Story: Alex Bregman named American League Player of the Month for June

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