Couple charged in 2014 cold case murder
AZTEC — A New Mexico couple on Tuesday was charged with murder in the death of Daniel Boone in January 2014.
Kenneth Burrows, 45, of Rio Rancho, and Tiki Marez, 32, of Albuquerque, were each charged in Aztec Magistrate Court with a single open count of first-degree murder.
Detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln of the San Juan County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that Burrows and Marez are in custody on federal drug trafficking charges.
Bond in the murder case is set at $250,000 for each defendant, according to court records.
Neither defendant has retained legal representation, records state.
Daniel Boone, 28, was shot to death the night of Jan. 18, 2014, while his wife, Misty Boone, watched from the kitchen window, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Misty Boone told detectives from the sheriff's office that a Hispanic woman with curly brown hair knocked on her family's door at No. 5 County Road 3235 that evening and asked for help jump starting her vehicle.
Daniel Boone agreed to help her, but told his wife he was suspicious, the affidavit states.
In November 2013, two men appeared outside the Boones' residence and demanded to speak with Daniel Boone, according to the affidavit. When he failed to answer the door, a man in a black cowboy hat kicked in his front door, the affidavit states.
Misty Boone told detectives that on the night her husband died, he drove the short distance to the woman's white four-door passenger car on N.M. Highway 316.
Misty Boone said she watched as a man exited the passenger car and shot her husband multiple times, according to the affidavit.
Daniel Boone ran a short distance and died on the grass outside his home, the affidavit states.
Crime scene investigators found a boot impression and 9-millimeter shell casings at the scene, according to the affidavit. But after several months of investigation, the case grew cold.
On May 6, the sheriff's office released surveillance photos from the Circle K convenience store in Flora Vista that showed several unidentified individuals who were at the convenience store before Boone's death.
Lincoln said at the time that detectives were trying to identify the individuals to determine if they saw anything suspicious occur at the store.
On May 21, Gerald "Ross" Maes contacted sheriff's office Detective Tim Nyce and admitted he was the man in the black hat who kicked in Daniel Boone's front door on Nov. 9, 2013. He told detectives he and Burrows borrowed his cousin's truck and visited Boone's residence because Misty Boone owed another woman money.
Maes said Burrows used to live at his cousin's property on County Road 3560, but Burrows no longer lived there.
At the time, Burrows was in federal custody on drug trafficking charges.
Burrows was arrested by agents from the Region II Narcotics Taskforce on May 16, 2014, while driving a Dodge Challenger near Northern Edge Navajo Casino. Marez and another woman, Amanda Cole, were passengers in the vehicle at the time.
Agents found 280 grams of methamphetamine, three pistols and multiple cellphones in the vehicle. Marez told agents she had purchased the meth — valued at $28,000 — in Los Angeles.
Marez, Burrows and Cole were each charged in San Juan County with one count of possession with intent to traffic meth. Charges against Marez and Burrows were dismissed and refiled in federal court on March 10, according to court records.
Cole was convicted of the trafficking offense in January 2015, record state.
Marez and Burrows are also sought on federal warrants issued in Florida in September 2014. The couple is accused of distributing meth in Fort Lauderdale in that case, according to court records.
Detectives spoke with Marez at Santa Fe County Jail on May 22. She told detectives she met Burrows in January 2014 and they sold narcotics together in San Juan County and Albuquerque.
She admitted she owned a 2008 Mazda passenger car matching a description of the vehicle used in the murder, according to the affidavit, but she wrecked the vehicle while driving in Albuquerque in March 2014.
Lincoln said the vehicle was sold to A-1 Auto Salvage in Kirtland after the crash. It has been seized by deputies, according to Lincoln.
Marez also told detectives Burrows possessed several firearms, including a 9-millimeter handgun.
Marez denied knowing Boone, the affidavit states.
Detectives served a search warrant at Burrows' home in Rio Rancho on May 27, according to the affidavit. Deputies seized a 9-millimeter handgun and a pair of boots with a tread pattern that matched impressions left in the dirt at the crime scene, the affidavit states.
After the warrant was served, detectives again attempted to speak with Marez, but she declined to answer questions without an attorney present, according to the warrant. Burrows also refused to answer questions and requested an attorney, the affidavit states.
Lincoln said detectives have obtained DNA samples from Marez and Burrows, and evidence is currently being tested.
"Detective Nyce he did an outstanding job of taking the case and sticking with it until he could bring charges," Lincoln said. "We are are very happy with the work he has done on this case."
Preliminary examination hearings have not yet been scheduled for the defendants.
Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.