Hearing set in triple homicide


CAPULIN—Santos Navares, 25,of La Jara, who also goes by the name, Santos Rameriz, is scheduled for a two-day preliminary hearing April 19-20 on an array of charges relating to the Jan. 15 deaths of three persons.

The hearing was set by phone last week and will be preceded by a status conference April 13.
Navares is accused of murdering three persons and seriously injuring another sometime after 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, then fleeing the scene in an allegedly stolen vehicle.

Conejos deputies, Colorado State Patrol (CSP) Troopers, Manassa police, Antonito police and La Jara officers took him into custody after the vehicle he was driving got stuck in deep snow on County Road AA, several miles west of the scene.

At the residence, they found four victims of gunshot wounds, allegedly inflicted by Navares.
Guadalupe “Lupe” Cervantez had been celebrating his 57th birthday, beginning with watching a football game at the town bar and then moving the party to his home after the game ended. When deputies arrived, Cervantez and Jose M. “Joey” Archuleta, 54, were found dead at the scene.

A female identified as Marissa Luz Cervantez, 30, suffered serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital before being flown out to a Denver hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 10:55 p.m.

Don L. “Kinki” Martinez, 34, also suffered a gunshot wound, was transported to a local hospital and then flown out. He had a number of surgeries and is recovering.

Navares (Rameriz) faces the following charges: three counts of first degree murder with intent after deliberation; three counts of first degree murder with extreme indifference; one count of criminal attempt to commit first degree murder, with intent and after deliberation; one count of first degree assault with intent to cause bodily injury, causing serious bodily injury by means of a deadly weapon; one count of aggravated motor vehicle theft, using a vehicle in the commission of a crime other than a traffic offense and one count of felony menacing.

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