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New Mexico woman charged with conspiracy in slaying of Marine vet
A New Mexico woman was charged Friday in the robbery and homicide of a Marine Corps veteran from Belen late last month after allegedly watching her boyfriend kill the man and torch his car to hide evidence.
Jeannine Willard, 44, faces conspiracy to commit: murder, armed robbery, tampering with evidence and arson in the July 27 death of Matthew Gurule, 32.
There is a warrant out for Willard's arrest.
Willard's boyfriend, 37-year-old Francisco Gomez, is behind bars on charges of murder, armed robbery, tampering with evidence and arson in Gurule's death.
Gurule was reported missing after he was last seen leaving Isleta Resort and Casino in the early hours of July 27 and his car was found burned in Valencia County later that day. The couple was arrested weeks later, on Aug. 9, on fraud charges after using Gurule's credit card to buy food and shop at several stores around Belen.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Valencia Magistrate Court, Willard told Valencia County Sheriff's Office deputies that she watched Gomez shoot Gurule four times in the head during a robbery attempt in a dirt pullout west of Interstate 25.
From there deputies say Gomez loaded Gurule's body into the trunk of Gurule's own car and had Willard drive the car, following Gomez on his motorcycle to a drainage ditch near the Rio Grande, where Gomez dumped the body.
According to the complaint, the couple cleaned Gurule's car before setting it ablaze near the Manzano Expressway, and Gomez threatened to kill Willard if she told anyone.
Deputies say Willard led them to Gurule's body on Aug. 16.
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A Marine wanted for killing his mother's boyfriend reportedly escaped police by hiding inside an RV they'd spent hours searching before towing it to a parking lot, where he escaped under the cover of darkness.
It wasn't until more than two weeks later authorities finally caught up to Michael Brown at his mom's home, which was the scene of the crime.
Brown stuffed himself into a tight spot in his camper during an hours-long search of the vehicle on Nov. 10, according to NBC affiliate WSLS in Virginia. A day earlier, cops said Brown fatally shot his mother's boyfriend, Rodney Brown. The AWOL Marine remained on the lam until Nov. 27, where he was finally apprehended without incident.
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Machinist's Mate Auxiliary Fireman Gabriel Antonio Romero of San Antonio, an armed watch-stander on the attack submarine USS Columbia, shot three civilian workers Dec. 4 and then turned a gun on himself while the sub rested in dry dock 2 for a major overhaul, the Navy said.
"The investigation continues, but there is currently no known motive and no information to indicate the sailor knew any of the victims," Burton said.
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The test was conducted on Friday at the Sohae satellite launch site, KCNA said, citing a spokesman for North Korea's Academy of Defence Science, without specifying what sort of testing occurred.
Since the Washington Post first published the "Afghanistan papers," I have been reminded of a scene from "Apocalypse Now Redux" in which Army Col. Walter Kurtz reads to the soldier assigned to kill him two Time magazine articles showing how the American people had been lied to about Vietnam by both the Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon administrations.
In one of the articles, a British counterinsurgency expert tells Nixon that "things felt much better and smelled much better" during his visit to Vietnam.
"How do they smell to you, soldier?" Kurtz asks.
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