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Couple pleads guilty to federal drug charges

Local prosecutors to proceed in Flora Vista murder case

Farmington Daily Times
Kenneth Allen Burrows

FARMINGTON — A local prosecutor said the New Mexico couple accused of fatally shooting 28-year-old Daniel Boone in January 2014 will soon be transported to San Juan County to face murder charges.

Tiki Marez and Kenneth Burrows each pleaded guilty earlier this month to federal drug charges to resolve pending cases filed in federal courts in New Mexico and Florida.

Marez and Burrows were arrested May 16, 2014, in Farmington after being found in possession of 280 grams of methamphetamine and several firearms, according to court records. The couple was accused during that same period of using the U.S. Postal Service to ship methamphetamine to a woman in Hallandale, Fla.

Burrows, 45, pleaded guilty Feb. 5 to two counts of conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and felon in possession of a firearm, according to court records.

Burrows is expected to serve 11 years and approximately four months in prison as part of his plea agreement with prosecutors.

Marez, 32, pleaded guilty Feb. 11 to conspiracy and three counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, court records state.

Tiki Andrea Marez

Marez is expected to serve 9 years in prison as part of her plea agreement with prosecutors.

San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney Brent Capshaw said in November the federal cases would need to be resolved before his office could proceed with murder charges.

Both defendants were charged Oct. 27 in Aztec Magistrate Court with murder in the slaying of Boone on Jan. 18, 2014.The couple is accused of shooting Boone to death outside his home at No. 5 County Road 3235 in Flora Vista.

Capshaw said Monday the U.S. Department of Justice indicated late last week they would allow Marez and Burrows to be transported to San Juan County for trial.

"I am hoping to get that done soon," Capshaw said.