POSTED: 4:59 pm MDT October 13, 2008
UPDATED: 6:11 pm MDT October 13, 2008
The death of a Southeast Heights woman in connection with a dometic violence incident may have been witnessed by her children, according to court documents.
Police were first called to the Manzano Vista apartments just after 1 a.m. Saturday morning. They'd received a call that there was a domestic dispute in apartment D-3. There they found Jennifer Martinez and 39-year old Montana Tafoya, who's also known as Louie Dedios.
"They each denied any type of domestic violence whatsoever," said John Walsh of the Albuquerque Police Department, "other than with other family members, where they were disagreeing about the two's consumption of alcohol and they asked those other family members to leave the house."
But according to court documents, police got another call 19 hours later from Martinez' mother who told them she stopped by the apartment and was greeted at the door by Tafoya who wouldn't let her see her daughter.
Court documents also state that her grandson at one point came to the door and allegedly told her that his "daddy was kicking his mommy and she might be dead."
The grandmother fled the apartment with four children, aged two to nine, according to court documents.
Court documents also state that when police arrived, they found Martinez in the doorway dead and Tafoya sprawled over her, covered in blood.
Tafoya is charged with an open count of murder and four counts of intentionally causing child abuse.
"It appears as though they may have been present during the most recent domestic violence," said Walsh.
Tafoya did not make a scheduled first appearance in Metro Court Monday. Jail personnel indicated that he was on a suicide watch.
His court apparance has been rescheduled for Tuesday. Tafoya is being