Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Police Reopen Death Case.(Final)

Byline: Katie Burford Journal Staff Writer

Woman Was Run Over by Boyfriend

It's been three years since Stephanie Houston was run over on N.M. 314 in Belen, but her case is still hopscotching through the legal system.

State Police originally declared her death an accident but now have reopened the case.

"We've got it. We're actively investigating it," said Lt. Robert Shilling, spokesman for the State Police.

Houston, 28, died Feb. 27, 2000, after being struck by a pickup in front of the Red Carpet Lounge. The man behind the wheel was Houston's boyfriend, Patrick Murillo, now 41. Both are from Socorro.

Murillo told police he and Houston had been arguing that night but her death was an accident. …

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