25 June 2019

A Common Problem With A Tragic Result

The daughter and granddaughter of a dear family friend were murdered in their home on Friday. The narrative of the evidence provided by police is all too familiar. Maybe we can cure our culture so this doesn't happen, or maybe that is for all practical purposes impossible and we need a better way for our society and legal system to respond to clear warning signs.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jesus Cartagena Jr., 20, has turned himself in to an El Paso police station in connection to the murder of Shanta Hanish, 19, and her mom, Laura Hanish, 58. 
According to the criminal complaint, Cartagena said he had "done something bad in Albuquerque."... 
Police said they believe Cartagena – Shanta's ex-boyfriend – stabbed her and her mother to death. She had broken up with Cartagena about two weeks before she was killed.

Cartagena and Shanta had lived together for about a year before the break-up. She had just moved back in with her mom.

The mother and daughter had been found dead Friday morning at their home in southeast Albuquerque.

According the complaint, her friends and family told police that Cartagena wouldn't leave Shanta alone. 
He had been following her to work and calling her dozens of times. They also said he had been in and out of the hospital after making suicidal threats.

Cartagena is now facing charges for two open counts of murder. Albuquerque police are traveling to El Paso to meet with detectives. 
From here. More details here and here.

Laura was a long time employee of the public defender's office. Shanta was head lifeguard at a local recreation center and an education student at the University of New Mexico.


andrew said...

Update: Found competent to stand trial on November 11, 2020. https://www.abqjournal.com/1517232/double-homicide-defendant-found-competent-to-stand-trial.html

andrew said...

Second update: Sentenced to 50 years in prison with 5 years suspended on Juluy 30, 2021. https://news.yahoo.com/50-years-fatal-stabbings-mother-140900463.html

"An Albuquerque man will spend almost 50 years in prison for stabbing his girlfriend and her mother to death inside their university area home in 2019.

Second Judicial District Judge Joseph Montano on Wednesday sentenced Jesus Cartagena to 50 years behind bars — with five years suspended — for the June 2019 deaths of Shanta Hanish, 19, and Laura Hanish, 58.

The 22-year-old pleaded no contest to two counts of second-degree murder and one count each of aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence."