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The Latest: Report: Santa Fe singer in past domestic dispute

July 12, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a Santa Fe couple found fatally shot (all times local):

5:03 p.m.

Records released on Friday show the married couple found dead in a car between two state buildings this week had a prior history of domestic disputes.

According to a December 2015 report, police in Santa Fe were called to the couple’s home after Jessie Saucedo alleged that his wife, Ernestine, had tried to break down his front door when he wouldn’t let her in. Ernestine was a musician who went by her maiden name, Romero.

The report states that the couple had separated and she had moved to a new house in Albuquerque. Saucedo called his wife to tell her to pick up the rest of her belongings, leaving them outside after a fight.

Saucedo told police he wouldn’t let Romero inside the house. Police charged Romero with criminal damage against a household member, but the charge was dismissed in February 2016 because of lack of evidence and cooperation from Saucedo.


7:06 a.m.

Santa Fe police say two people found fatally shot in a car between two state buildings were a state employee who was a popular local singer and her husband.

Police identified the couple found dead Thursday afternoon as 32-year-old Ernestine Saucedo and 34-year-old Jessie Saucedo. Ernestine Saucedo performed Tejano-style music under her maiden name of Ernestine Romero.

Police said their investigation continued but there wasn’t a suspect at large and that police recovered at least one firearm from inside the vehicle parked outside the building housing the state Public Education Department.

That could mean the deaths resulted from a murder-suicide or double suicide.

Ernestine Saucedo executive budget analyst supervisor for the department.

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