--2 Leyba Murder Trial Day 6
         
Oct. 1, 2016
IMG_1178

Leyba Murder Trial Day 6

Guilty verdict delivered

April 30, 2010, 12:00 am
By Corey Pein
After lunching on pizza provided by the court, jurors in the murder trial of Marino Leyba, Jr, returned today with their verdict:

* Guilty of the first-degree murder of Sarah Lovato

* Guilty of the first-degree murer of Bennie Ray Lovato, Sr

* Guilty of aggravated burglary

* Guilty of tampering with evidence

Leyba's sentencing, set for some time after July 4, will be little more than a formality: The murder convictions automatically result in two life terms of imprisonment. However, because this is a capital case, the verdict is automatically appealed to the New Mexico Supreme Court, according to defense attorney Gary Mitchell.

The jurors' verdict, Mitchell tells SFR, is "classic New Mexico...We haven't caught up with the science [of mental health]."

Linda Lovato, Sarah's mother and Bennie's ex-wife, told reporters that she felt justice was served.

"I'm glad it's over, and I think the family has closure now," Santa Fe Police Detective Tony Trujillo, who investigated the murders, told SFR.

For background on the case, read this SFR cover story, and this follow-up. For previous days’ trial coverage, click here.

 

comments powered by Disqus
 

Morning Word: Stolen Email Lawsuit Dropped

Morning Word A federal lawsuit filed by several people who had their emails stolen by Jamie Estrada, a former Republican operative who gained control of the Gov. Susana Martinez 2010 web domain, has been dismissed. ... More

Sept. 27, 2016 by Peter St. Cyr

Newsletters

* indicates required
Choose your newsletter(s):
August 31, 2016 by Julie Ann Grimm  
September 7, 2016 by Elizabeth Miller  
August 31, 2016 by Elizabeth Miller  
September 14, 2016 by Steven Hsieh  

@SFReporter on Instagram

 

 
Close
Close
Close