Cody Soto
Cody Soto (Courtesy of San Juan County Adult Detention Center)

AZTEC — Prosecutors say they will move forward with a case against a man accused of body slamming his girlfriend, who was found stabbed to death nine days later.

Cody Soto, 24, was arrested June 13 on suspicion of false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery against Brandy Robinson, 29, at a residence south of Bloomfield.

Robinson, a mother-of-three, was found stabbed to death in a rural area south of Farmington on June 22.

Investigators have not charged Soto in connection to the homicide.

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office identified another man, Michael Graham, 40, as a "person of interest" in Robinson's death. Graham was arrested June 28 on suspicion of tampering with evidence and felon in possession of firearms and explosive devices. The weapons were found while sheriff's deputies executed a search warrant in connection to the homicide investigation, according to court documents.

Graham is being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

Soto was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in magistrate court Thursday morning for the false imprisonment and domestic violence charges. He did not show up for the hearing, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He was arrested Friday. Magistrate Judge Carla Vescovi-Dial set his new bond at $10,000 cash only. His preliminary hearing is now scheduled for July 18, according to court records.

A neighbor called police at about 8:30 a.m. June 13 and reported that he heard Soto and Robinson in a verbal argument at a home on County Road 5060. The witness told deputies he saw Soto pick up Robinson and slam her onto the driveway.

Robinson told deputies that she and Soto were arguing and she left to clear her head. Soto chased her, bear hugged her and slammed her onto the concrete, according to court documents. Soto also allegedly pinned her to the ground and didn't let her leave the driveway.

Deputies who responded to the scene said Robinson was visibly shaken and crying after the attack. She also had bruises on her arms, according to court documents.

Prosecutors said they will rely on other witnesses and evidence besides Robinson's testimony to prosecute Soto.

"We intend to more forward," said Chief Deputy San Juan County District Attorney Dustin O'Brien. "If we feel like we can prove a case without a victim, we will."

Robinson told relatives she had been involved in several other abusive relationships, according to her family. Graham, another ex-boyfriend, allegedly battered Robinson, the family said. Graham has not been arrested for assaulting Robinson.

San Juan County Sheriff's Office Lt. Cory Tanner said investigators are aware of Robinson's history as a victim of domestic violence. But he said not all of those cases were reported to police.

Ryan Boetel covers crime for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and rboetel@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @rboetel on Twitter.