Man suspected of killing 2 in New Mexico in custody in Texas

1 year 1 month 1 week ago Sunday, June 23 2019 Jun 23, 2019 June 23, 2019 3:12 PM June 23, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A suspect in the deaths of a 19-year-old woman and her mother in southeast Albuquerque has turned himself in to police in Texas.

Albuquerque police announced Sunday that 20-year-old Jesus Cartagena Jr. is being held by El Paso police on suspicion of two counts of murder in the deaths of Shanta Hanish and her 58-year-old mother, Laura Hanish.

According to a criminal complaint, Shanta Hanish had recently broken up with Cartagena.

She was a student at the University of New Mexico while her mother was due to retire this year after 24 years as a social worker at the Public Defender's Office.

The women's bodies were found in their home Friday morning when an employer went to go check on Laura Hanish after she didn't show up for work.

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