Albuquerque woman claimed shooting was in self-defense, prosecutors say it was murder

Source: San Miguel County Detention Center, MEGA

Jul. 1 2021, Published 9:07 a.m. ET

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An Albuquerque, New Mexico, woman was arrested after she admitted to shooting and killing her boyfriend, though she claimed he tried to suffocate her and punched her in the eye.

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Johana Quintana, 31, was charged with murder and tampering with evidence, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

The body of the victim, Kenny Rougemont, was found with gunshot wounds inside a Motel 6, according to KOB 4. Police say Quintana and Rougemont had an on-and-off relationship, KOB 4 reported.

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Quintana told police Rougemont physically abused her, according to the reports. She has a black eye in her most recent mugshot.


Quintana said she shot Rougemont during a struggle but claimed it was “an accident,” according to KOB 4.

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She told police she sold the gun after the shooting, according to KOB 4.

Police say video from a surveillance camera helped them track down Quintana.

The video showed her running from the room after the shooting and getting into a car, according to the criminal complaint obtained by KOB 4.

On June 25, Quintana was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center in Las Vegas on bench warrants, the Albuquerque Journal reported.


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