AZTEC — The fourth and final suspect in the fatal shooting of Anthony Jacquez was captured Thursday.

U.S. Marshals captured Richard Winters, 20, at his mother's residence in Albuquerque, Sheriff's Lt. Cory Tanner said.

Meanwhile, one of what likely will be a number of preliminary hearings against individuals believed to be connected with the fatal shooting began Thursday in magistrate court in Aztec.

Flanked by his Albuquerque-based attorney Santiago Juarez, Martin Martinez, 47, sat quietly in court as witnesses testified about his alleged involvement in Jacquez's shooting.

Jacquez's body was found May 27 in a remote area about two miles north of NM 516 in Flora Vista. An autopsy revealed he was shot five times at close range in the back of the head.

Deputies believe Jacquez was shot inside a car belonging to Martinez's daughter, Sarah, and later was dumped in the remote area. Evidence collected indicates at least five people, including both Sarah and her father, dismantled, partially burned and later buried the car.

Martin Martinez, Sarah Martinez, Gabriel Alcon, Vincent Montoya and Winters all face various counts of tampering with evidence and conspiracy to commit tampering in connection with the shooting.

The elder Martinez is charged with two counts of third-degree felony tampering with evidence and one count of fourth-degree felony conspiracy to commit tampering.

One witness Thursday testified that she saw Martinez holding a grinder in the garage and later helping bury the car in a giant fire pit on her property.


Inside the pit, investigators discovered the car's seats, shoes and clothing similar to what Alcon and Jacquez were wearing the night of the shooting. Investigators believe blood remained on the headrest of the front passenger seat, Sheriff's Sgt. Daniel Clugston said in court.

Additionally, detectives confiscated Martinez's own surveillance video of his property. The video depicts Martinez smoothing out the dirt with a four-wheeler.

Investigators believe Martinez was attempting to get rid of any evidence including tire tracks or blood spots left from when Sarah Martinez's car was moved.

Juarez argued the state produced no evidence that proved Martinez had any intention of destroying evidence.

Magistrate Judge Barry Sharer, despite the defense claims, bound the charges over to district court.

Martinez also faces charges of two counts of third-degree felony aggravated assault against a police officer and one count of fourth-degree felony tampering with evidence after he allegedly shot at detectives who were conducting surveillance on the property in connection with Jacquez's shooting.

He is expected to appear Monday in magistrate court on those charges.

Alcon also appeared briefly in court Thursday, but he waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the tampering charges.

Alcon's additional charges of aggravated assault against a household member, shooting at a dwelling and criminal damage to property, all fourth-degree felonies for a May 19 incident, were dismissed after the alleged victim told police Thursday that the shooting was an accident, Deputy District Attorney Brent Capshaw said.

Preliminary hearings for Sarah Martinez and Montoya have yet to be scheduled. The 26-year-old Martinez was arrested Wednesday in a Motel 6 room in Phoenix, and Montoya turned himself in the next day.

Both waived their rights to an extradition hearing. Martinez remains incarcerated in San Juan County Adult Detention Center and Montoya awaits transport back to New Mexico, Tanner said.