- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A 36-year-old Espanola woman is on trial in Santa Fe, accused of orchestrating the killing of her 64-year-old uncle.

Rhiannon Montoya is charged with first-degree murder and other crimes in the October 2012 beating and stabbing death of educator Rudy Montoya at his Chimayo home.

Two other women, Angel Baldonado and Sheanee Martinez, have pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges in the case.

Attorneys in the case made opening statements Wednesday in state District Court.

Prosecutor Peter Valencia said Rhinannon Montoya plotted to have her uncle killed so she get a larger inheritance.

Defense lawyer Ian Loyd said the other two women were solely responsible and that the killing resulted from a burglary that went wrong.


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