New fingerprint evidence taken in quintuple killing

March 2, 2019

Investigators in the quintuple-murder case against Damian Herrera have taken additional fingerprint evidence in an apparent effort to confirm a match with prints on a firearm recovered from the vehicle he was driving on the night of his arrest.

Herrera, 23, faces five counts of first-degree murder in the June 2017 shootings of three relatives in La Madera, followed by the shooting deaths of men in Tres Piedras and Abiquiu.

A search warrant affidavit filed Feb. 19 in state District Court says police who took Herrera into custody that night found cartridges on him similar to ones located at the scene in La Madera, and also found a revolver in his vehicle.

The affidavit for a search warrant, which was granted by a judge the same day, requested additional fingerprint evidence to add to previous print evidence allegedly linking Herrera to the weapon.

Herrera’s murder trials are scheduled to begin in Taos County in May for the Tres Piedras shooting and in Santa Fe County in July for the other four shootings.