Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Man Found Guilty In Stabbing Death.

Byline: Brendan Smith Journal Staff Writer

Friend Had Testified That He Was the One Who Did Killing

Wearing leg shackles and a khaki jail uniform, Alfonso Jose "Smokey" Quintana testified Saturday that he, not Joe Everisto Gurule, stabbed a man outside Gurule's trailer in Espanola last May.

But Gurule was nonetheless convicted late Saturday night of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the stabbing death of 39-year-old Jerry T. Ortiz of Espanola on May 24, 2000.

State District Judge Stephen Pfeffer said the jury returned with a verdict after about 2 1/2 hours of deliberation.

After the three-day trial, the jury began deliberating shortly after 6 p. …

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