District Attorney To File Murder Charges
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ An unidentified suspect in the abduction of a 22-year-old University of New Mexico student has led police to the remote mountain culvert where she was shot to death and her body was dumped, police said.
Murder charges would be filed today against two of four men arrested in the death of Linda Lee Daniels, who was abducted in front of her fiance’s Albuquerque home 10 days ago, District Attorney Steve Schiff said.
Her fully clothed body was found early Monday in a culvert in the Jemez Mountains, about 90 miles northwest of Albuqerque, police said.
″If they hadn’t led us to the body, we never would have found it,″ said Albuquerque police Lt. Bill Conley. He said Miss Daniels apparently died of a gunshot wound to the head on Jan. 13, the day after her abduction.
Wallace Randolph Pierce, 24, of Albuquerque, Sidney T. Sliger, 20, of Los Lunas, and a 17-year-old boy were arrested Friday in the case.
Johnny Zinn, 44, also of Albuquerque, was arrested Monday after one of the suspects arrested with Pierce led police to the body, Conley said. He would not identify the suspect.
Pierce and Zinn would face murder charges, and Schiff said Monday that he would determine whether prosecutors can seek the death penalty in the case. Sliger and the youth would be charged with kidnapping, he said.
Conley said Miss Daniels was killed at the place she was found. He said investigators don’t know if she was sexually assaulted and refused to say how many times she was shot or what caliber weapon was used.
Published photographs of Pierce taken by a bank camera as he used Miss Daniels’ automatic teller card on the night of the abduction were instrumental in breaking the case, Conley said.
Pierce also was charged with fraudulent use of credit cards and theft of credit cards, Conley said.
The Albuquerque Journal, citing unidentified police sources, reported in its Tuesday editions that Miss Daniels was held captive in an Albuquerque motel room and raped repeatedly.
Authorities have not given a motive for the slaying, but The Rocky Mountain News quoted Miss Daniels’ father in its Tuesday editions as saying her fiancee, Richard Ingram Jr., testified against an unidentified man in a shoplifing case five years ago.
The father said a former prison inmate vowed to get even with Ingram for his testimony, which apparently helped send the man to prison.
Pierce had been ordered held on $42,000 bond and Sliger on $35,000 bond. Zinn was being held without bond.
Ingram said he discovered Miss Daniels was missing when he saw her belongings scattered in the driveway of his home.
″I want to make a plea to all husbands and boyfriends,″ Ingram said, ″for them to make an extra effort to accompany their wives or girlfriends when they go out to get groceries for dinner or whatever.
″If I had done that, Linda Daniels would be with me now instead of just in my memories and in my heart.″