Flora Vista murder case heads to district court
AZTEC — An Aztec Magistrate judge ruled Monday that prosecutors have sufficient evidence to proceed with a murder charge against Kenneth Burrows.
Burrows, 45, and a 32-year-old co-defendant, Tiki Marez, were each charged in October with open counts of murder in the slaying of 28-year-old Daniel Boone.
Boone was shot to death the night of Jan. 18, 2014, after he was lured out of his residence at No. 5 County Road 3235 in Flora Vista, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Marez waived her right Monday to a preliminary examination hearing. Both defendants will be arraigned in district court on the murder charge. Burrows faces additional charges of tampering with evidence and possession of a firearm by a felon.
San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney Brent Capshaw said Monday that Marez testified against Burrows at his preliminary examination hearing, and she is expected to testify against him at trial.
In exchange for her testimony, Capshaw said Marez will be allowed to plead to a second-degree murder charge, which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and $12,500 in fines.
Capshaw said Marez's sentence in the murder will run concurrent to a nine-year prison sentence she was expected to serve to resolve two drug trafficking cases filed against her in New Mexico and Florida federal courts.
A change of plea hearing has not yet been scheduled, according to court records.