A man who had just been the target of teasing told his mom to inform his cousin to leave, “or I am going to kill him.” He did just that.
Now, the murderer will spend decades behind bars.
Recently, a judge in New Mexico sentenced Jesse Lujan, 35, to 20 years in prison for the murder of his cousin, Roy Courtney. Lujan was convicted of second-degree murder with aggravating circumstances.
On Sept. 11, 2021, police in Portales, New Mexico, responded to a home for a reported stabbing, according to the 9th Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office.
When officers arrived, they found Courtney with a stab wound to his chest. The victim was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to prosecutors.
Several witnesses helped police find the murder weapon and Lujan was arrested.
Prosecutors said Lujan was visiting his cousin when the stabbing happened, according to the Eastern New Mexico News. Lujan’s mom said Lujan reported that Courtney had made fun of him.
That is when Lujan told his mom, “get **** out of here or I am going to kill him,” according to the report.
The mom said Lujan walked outside to where Courtney was, according to the report. That is when Lujan attacked the victim as he was sitting in a chair. The killer then fled the area, the mom said.
Police found Lujan nearby at an apartment complex.