Teens arraigned in Portales shooting

Freedom New Mexico

The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office is reviewing whether to file a notice of intent to seek adult sanctions against two juveniles charged in connection with the April 17 shooting death of 25-year-old Jose Alfredo Charize Montoya.

Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer said 16-year-old Erick Pina, who police say pulled the trigger, and 17-year-old Alberto Ramirez, charged as a conspirator, have been arraigned in the district children’s court. The judge ordered that the two remain in custody.

The adult arrested as a conspirator in the case, 21-year-old Alonso Quinonez, will be arraigned in Magistrate Court, and then the District Attorney’s Office will decide whether to hold a preliminary hearing or convene a grand jury to determine whether there is probable cause to continue, Mowrer said.

Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said Monday police were following additional leads and there would be no more arrests until the leads were investigated.