Kidnapping case against family dismissed

Steve Garrison

FARMINGTON – Prosecutors dismissed all charges last week against Emory Werito and his two nephews, Carlos and Cody Werito.


Emory Werito, 39, of Nageezi, and his two 19-year-old nephews were charged Oct. 6 in Aztec Magistrate Court with multiple felonies on allegations the men trapped Emory Werito's girlfriend in a vehicle during a domestic dispute.

Deputies from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office found the woman lying on the side of U.S. Highway 550 near N.M. Highway 57 on the afternoon of Oct. 1, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Badly injured, the woman told deputies Emory Werito hit her several times as they were driving on U.S. Highway 550 and then, with the help of the nephews, kept her trapped in the vehicle.

She said Emory Werito then dragged her out of the vehicle and tried to run over on N.M. Highway 57, but she was able to escape under a fence, the affidavit states.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien of the San Juan County District Attorney's Office said his office could not locate the girlfriend after charges were filed.

"We tried calling phone numbers and mailing letters," O'Brien said.

A preliminary examination scheduled for Oct. 15 was reset for Nov. 12 after the alleged victim failed to appear for the hearing, O'Brien said. On Nov. 12, the prosecutor dismissed the charges.