Three charged charged in Alamogordo m...

Three charged charged in Alamogordo murder (4 a.m.)

There are 13 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Jun 10, 2011, titled Three charged charged in Alamogordo murder (4 a.m.). In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

A Ruidoso woman and man, and an Alamogordo woman, are charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting death Wednesday of a Burger King employee, a Department of Public Safety spokesman said.

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Wow

Muskegon, MI

#2 Jun 10, 2011
Good thing they were charged charged and not just charged. LOL
three

Santa Fe, NM

#3 Jun 10, 2011
I guess, since there are 3 of them.... it should have read: charged charged charged!

Since: Jul 08

Alamogordo, NM

#4 Jun 10, 2011
three wrote:
I guess, since there are 3 of them.... it should have read: charged charged charged!
They should also be charged with conspiracy to commit murder as well as the other crimes mentioned. Then lock them up and throw away the key!
zenith

Las Cruces, NM

#5 Jun 10, 2011
"A Ruidoso woman and man, and an Alamogordo woman"
hmmm...and i'm supposed to want to read the rest of the story
bluish

Las Cruces, NM

#6 Jun 10, 2011
There is a hidden contest going on in this article which requires readers to find what is wrong with it gramatically.
satisfied customer

Ashburn, VA

#7 Jun 10, 2011
... I guess Burger King's ad slogan of "Have It Your Way" also means that a customer can "shoot-up a Burger King employee" for an enjoyable visit there ...
Sad Day

Alamogordo, NM

#8 Feb 22, 2012
Well, Mathis got away with burglary. Let's hope she doesn't get away with murder.

Matthis acquitted of burglary, larceny charges Alamogordo Daily News
By Duane Barbati, Staff Writer alamogordonews
Posted: 02/22/2012 12:02:32 AM MST
An Otero County jury acquitted Melissa Matthis on Tuesday of residential burglary, conspiracy to commit residential burglary and larceny over $250 in 12th Judicial District Court.
Matthis, 29, is one of three defendants charged in the fatal shooting death of her ex-lover Shavon Twitty, 33, of Alamogordo, on June 8, 2011.
Alexis Torres, 27, and Jonathan Montoya, 18, both of Ruidoso, are also charged with murder in Twitty's death.
During the two-day trial in Judge James W. Counts' courtroom, the state, represented by 12th Judicial District trial attorney Tim L. Aldrich, contended that Matthis went to an Alamogordo residence in the 400 block of Canal Street on June 8, 2011, with Montoya and Torres and helped Montoya remove an air conditioner from a window and get into the home.
During trial testimony, it was revealed that an old television was stolen along with a pair of slippers and K-Swiss tennis shoes, a PlayStation game console, various video games, a cellular telephone and a sports jersey.
In his closing arguments, Aldrich said one of the things that doesn't change is the truth.
"They put it (items in the car)," Aldrich said to jurors. "Matthis was at the house. No one disputes she was at the house while it was being burglarized. She admitted to being at the home. She was outside the home. One (of her sandals) was in the car. One sandal was found outside the home. Matthis was laying on the stuff when they were pulled over."
Matthis' attorney, Jesse R. Cosby, said his client went up to the trailer and knocked on the door because she was looking for her girlfriend, Twitty.
"Montoya went into the trailer," Cosby said to jurors in his closing arguments. "They (the police) never dusted the window for fingerprints. She didn't enter the trailer. She went back and laid down in the back seat of the vehicle. They never looked for the truth. They never looked for evidence of Montoya being in the home. They never looked for DNA on the sandals or barefoot prints outside the trailer."
After the verdict, Cosby said he was pleased for his client with the jury's decision.
Aldrich said he believes, as a representative of the community, it's the job of the prosecutor to seek justice.
"One thing to understand is that a jury ultimately makes those decisions of what is justice and what isn't justice," he said. "My job is to present the facts as best as I can and to bring forward those facts. Obviously, the state felt that we did that. We felt under the rules that govern the case we brought forward all of that evidence."
Aldrich said he believes Matthis' case is not about a burglary.
"Ms. Matthis' case is not about a burglary that she did while looking for her lover," he said. "It's about the murder of her lover. We are not going to back down from that. We are going to be prepared for that. We do have toxicology and a whole plethora of people that will be there to testify (at the murder trial). Let's be honest, this burglary case was bifurcated and it was a second-thought case."
Aldrich said he believes the burglary case was a second thought after the murder of Twitty because, he said, none of the detectives even thought or considered the burglary to be a major case.
"We had to try the case in a vacuum," he said. "The state is prejudiced when it's bifurcated like that. Nonetheless, my job is to present it. I failed this community when I did that. I feel like that. I also feel we presented all the facts as we had them. We're very prepared (for the murder trial). We have outstanding detectives. They know what they're doing. They will be on top of it."
......to be continued.....
Sad Day

Alamogordo, NM

#9 Feb 22, 2012
......

Matthis' murder trial is scheduled to begin in May.

Matthis, Torres and Montoya are each charged with one open count of murder in the first degree, second-degree felony conspiracy to commit murder, second-degree shooting at or from a motor vehicle, and third-degree conspiracy to commit a shooting at or from a motor vehicle.

Torres and Montoya are charged with third-degree felony residential burglary and fourth-degree conspiracy to commit residential burglary, but are represented by their own attorney. Torres and Montoya are scheduled to be tried separately later this year on the murder and burglary charges.

According to Magistrate Court records, Alamogordo Department of Public Safety officers responded to Burger King, 117 S. White Sands Blvd., around 4:15 a.m. on June 8, 2011, in reference to a woman -- Twitty -- suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

At the time, Det. Sgt. Mark Esquero said Twitty was transported to Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center for treatment, but was pronounced dead around 7:47 a.m. by a field deputy from the Office of the Medical Investigator.

He said officers were able to quickly obtain a description of the vehicle that Matthis, Torres and Montoya allegedly used to flee the scene and relayed the information to other law enforcement agencies.

Esquero said that with the assistance of the Otero County Sheriff's Department, Matthis' 1995 silver Nissan Sentra was seen traveling north on the Charlie T. Lee Memorial Relief Route and stopped by OCSD deputies near Eighth Street.

He said deputies turned the three suspects over to ADPS officers, who detained them for questioning by detectives.

According to Magistrate Court records, ADPS officers and detectives learned Matthis had been in a romantic relationship with Twitty for about six years and the pair recently separated. Court records stated that Matthis was having a difficult time with the separation.

According to court records obtained by the Daily News, investigators learned Matthis had been drinking heavily the evening of June 7 and traveled to Ruidoso to meet with Torres at a friend's house. While at the friend's house, Matthis and Torres met Montoya. According to records, Montoya stated he recently met Matthis and Torres through a relative.

Matthis, Torres and Montoya obtained a handgun, court documents stated, from an unidentified Ruidoso man. The three returned to Alamogordo and went to the residence in the 400 block of Canal Street.

The three then went to Burger King and talked to Twitty, who was allegedly shot by one of the three suspects, according to records.
Sad Day

Alamogordo, NM

#10 Feb 22, 2012
Well Matthis got away with burglary. Let's hope she doesn't get away with murder.

"Matthis acquitted of burglary, larceny charges Alamogordo Daily News
By Duane Barbati, Staff Writer alamogordonews
Posted: 02/22/2012 12:02:32 AM MST

An Otero County jury acquitted Melissa Matthis on Tuesday of residential burglary, conspiracy to commit residential burglary and larceny over $250 in 12th Judicial District Court.

Matthis, 29, is one of three defendants charged in the fatal shooting death of her ex-lover Shavon Twitty, 33, of Alamogordo, on June 8, 2011.

Alexis Torres, 27, and Jonathan Montoya, 18, both of Ruidoso, are also charged with murder in Twitty's death.

During the two-day trial in Judge James W. Counts' courtroom, the state, represented by 12th Judicial District trial attorney Tim L. Aldrich, contended that Matthis went to an Alamogordo residence in the 400 block of Canal Street on June 8, 2011, with Montoya and Torres and helped Montoya remove an air conditioner from a window and get into the home.

During trial testimony, it was revealed that an old television was stolen along with a pair of slippers and K-Swiss tennis shoes, a PlayStation game console, various video games, a cellular telephone and a sports jersey.

In his closing arguments, Aldrich said one of the things that doesn't change is the truth.

"They put it (items in the car)," Aldrich said to jurors. "Matthis was at the house. No one disputes she was at the house while it was being burglarized. She admitted to being at the home. She was outside the home. One (of her sandals) was in the car. One sandal was found outside the home. Matthis was laying on the stuff when they were pulled over."

Matthis' attorney, Jesse R.Cosby, said his client went up to the trailer and knocked on the door because she was looking for her girlfriend, Twitty.
"Montoya went into the trailer," Cosby said to jurors in his closing arguments. "They (the police) never dusted the window for fingerprints. She didn't enter the trailer. She went back and laid down in the back seat of the vehicle. They never looked for the truth. They never looked for evidence of Montoya being in the home. They never looked for DNA on the sandals or barefoot prints outside the trailer."

After the verdict, Cosby said he was pleased for his client with the jury's decision.

Aldrich said he believes, as a representative of the community, it's the job of the prosecutor to seek justice.

"One thing to understand is that a jury ultimately makes those decisions of what is justice and what isn't justice," he said. "My job is to present the facts as best as I can and to bring forward those facts. Obviously, the state felt that we did that. We felt under the rules that govern the case we brought forward all of that evidence."

Aldrich said he believes Matthis' case is not about a burglary.

"Ms. Matthis' case is not about a burglary that she did while looking for her lover," he said. "It's about the murder of her lover. We are not going to back down from that. We are going to be prepared for that. We do have toxicology and a whole plethora of people that will be there to testify (at the murder trial). Let's be honest, this burglary case was bifurcated and it was a second-thought case."

Aldrich said he believes the burglary case was a second thought after the murder of Twitty because, he said, none of the detectives even thought or considered the burglary to be a major case.

"We had to try the case in a vacuum," he said. "The state is prejudiced when it's bifurcated like that. Nonetheless, my job is to present it. I failed this community when I did that. I feel like that. I also feel we presented all the facts as we had them. We're very prepared (for the murder trial). We have outstanding detectives. They know what they're doing. They will be on top of it."

....continued above....(the first posting of this went away, that's why this is second).
melissa merrill

Lubbock, TX

#11 Dec 9, 2013
satisfied customer wrote:
... I guess Burger King's ad slogan of "Have It Your Way" also means that a customer can "shoot-up a Burger King employee" for an enjoyable visit there ...
it was the alamogordo womans girlfriend
Heisenberg

Alamogordo, NM

#12 Dec 9, 2013
What ever happened with this ugly slug's sentence?
What

United States

#13 Dec 9, 2013
Mathis is serving 5 years.
Heisenberg

Alamogordo, NM

#14 Dec 10, 2013
What wrote:
Mathis is serving 5 years.
That's roughly what this POS served some years back, for just a residential burglary in Roswell I understand. Probably where she met Twitty.

She's nothing more than a slug habitual criminal, an animal.
She should've gotten 30 years with no parole.

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