DA dismisses vehicular homicide offense
Police: Husband tumbled after exiting speeding vehicle
FARMINGTON — Prosecutors on Wednesday dismissed a vehicular homicide charge and a charge of child abuse against Lynell Kieyoomia, whose husband was found dead last week at an intersection in southeast Farmington.
San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O’Brien said his office dismissed the charges pending further investigation into the death of 21-year-old Shaquel Billie.
Kieyoomia, 27, of Kirtland, remains charged with a separate count of child abuse, a third-degree felony, aggravated driving while intoxicated as a second offense and several misdemeanor traffic offenses.
Kieyoomia agreed to waive her right to a preliminary examination hearing on Wednesday. Her bond was reduced from $34,400 to $5,000.
Kieyoomia was arrested Feb. 9 after her husband was found dead near the intersection of Orchard Avenue and Piñon Street. She was driving a vehicle occupied by Billie and two young children west on Piñon Street when the husband and wife got into an argument, according to Farmington police.
Police said Billie opened the passenger door and exited the moving vehicle, but investigators determined he was not killed by the vehicle itself.
O’Brien previously told The Daily Times that to prove homicide by vehicle, prosecutors must establish a connection between the death of the individual and the intoxicated driving of the suspect.
Farmington police Lt. Taft Tracy said Wednesday that patrol division had completed its investigation into the incident and the report will soon be forwarded to the district attorney’s office for review.
Tracy said that Billie had injuries to the back of his head, which indicated he tumbled and “whipped” his head against the ground when he exited the vehicle.
“He struck his head against the concrete, against the pavement, and that was the likely cause of the injuries,” Tracy said.
The crash report estimated that Kieyoomia’s vehicle was traveling at 30 miles per hour or faster at the time of the incident.
“It’s an unusual case,” Tracy said. “The DA will have the opportunity to review the entire case and determine what to do.”
Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.