Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Murder Case Goes to Jurors.(Journal North)

Byline: Wren Propp Journal Staff Writer

Husband Is Also Charged With Rape

Attorneys debated for hours Tuesday over whether Anthony Romero killed his wife and tried to cover his tracks with a change of clothes and a shower or that an alcohol-strained marriage -- fraught with violence on both sides -- took an unlucky turn.

Romero, a 31-year-old La Puebla resident, is accused of raping and killing Jessica Romero de Herrera -- after he was charged with assaulting her in October 2001 and ordered to stay away from her -- and tampering with evidence to cover up the crimes Dec. 28, 2001. He's also accused of kidnapping her.

Jurors were instructed by state District Judge Michael Vigil that they could consider voluntary manslaughter in the case. …

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