Murder suspect hearing continued


CAPULIN — Santos Navares, 25,of La Jara, who also goes by the name Santos Rameriz along with other aliases, was set for a status hearing Monday on an array of charges relating to the deaths of three people January 15 at Capulin.
The matter was continued due to procedures and the possibility of a judge change. It will be heard by phone later.

Navares fled the scene in an allegedly stolen vehicle and was arrested and charged after the vehicle got stuck in deep snow.

Three died and one was hospitalized following the shooting spree just after 6 p.m. Sunday, January 15.

Conejos deputies, Colorado State Patrol (CSP) Troopers, Manassa police, Antonito police and La Jara officers took Nevares into custody on County Road AA, several miles west of the scene.

Navares (Rameriz) was taken to the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office and booked on 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.

The Conejos County Sheriff reported deputies were dispatched to a residence at the edge of Capulin following reports on a shooting with four victims of gunshot wounds. Guadalupe “Lupe” Cervantez had been celebrating his 57th birthday, beginning with a football game at the town bar, and moved 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, then 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.

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