Man accused in Los Lunas woman’s murder will be held without bond

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James Arthur Lovato

James Arthur Lovato is charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend Rita Jaramillo. (6/12/19)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque man charged with the murder of a missing Valencia County woman will have to await trial behind bars.

Arthur James Lovato, 59, was arrested earlier this year for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, 49-year-old Rita Jaramillo.

Her Los Lunas home was found gutted by a fire back in September, just days after she went missing.

Wednesday in court, a judge ordered Lovato held without bond. He’s currently serving time in Grants on an unrelated matter.

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