New Mexico residents are disturbed by a court's action regarding a suspect who was likely involved in a gruesome crime.
Fabian Gonzales has been charged with dismembering the body of 10-year-old Victoria Martens, who was murdered on her birthday in 2016. Another suspect is charged with her murder.
"Her death and dismemberment has really just caused such an outrage," reports Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico, an organization that recently participated in a demonstration at the Albuquerque courthouse. "People are even more outraged that this judge is thinking about letting one of the people who is involved in this crime go free."
Judge Charles Brown is considering release on bond, stating the prosecutors failed to prove Gonzales is a danger to the public. But he will not be released unless suitable housing can be found for him -- something many residents do not want to see happen because of the nature of his crime.
"Anyone with common sense is not going to want criminals back on the street once they've been arrested," Shaver asserts. "But unfortunately when you're dealing with a state like New Mexico, where there's so much corruption, there is no rule of law."
Demonstrators want to see changes made to the law dealing with those released on bond or kept in jail until trial to be changed, and they also want to strengthen the laws that protect the city's youth.
Gonzales cannot stay with local relatives because of their criminal history, and he cannot stay with his mother because she lives in South Carolina.