Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Last Defendant Goes Free.

Byline: Guillermo Contreras And Lloyd Jojola Journal Staff Writers


Charges Dropped in Deaths of Boys, Couple

Charges were dismissed Friday against the last of the four defendants charged in the deaths of a couple and two children at a remote cabin near Torreon in 1995.

At a news conference Friday at the Albuquerque office of one of his attorneys, Shaun Wilkins, 23, expressed relief that 7th Judicial District Attorney Clint Wellborn had decided to dismiss all charges against him, including four counts of first-degree murder.

"I still don't believe it," Wilkins said. "I'm sitting here like 'phew, it's been a long time of my life.' ''

His sister said Wilkins' family planned a barbecue to celebrate. Wilkins said he is now out of gangs and working.

Wilkins was tried in 1997 in Socorro in connection with the killings of Cassandra Sedillo, 23, her sons, Johnny Ray, 4, and Matthew Garcia, 3, and Sedillo's boyfriend, Ben Anaya Jr., 17. It resulted in a mistrial.

Sedillo and Anaya had been shot in the head. The boys were left inside the locked cabin and died later of thirst and hunger, investigators said.

Relatives of Sedillo and Anaya expressed outrage at the decision to dismiss Wilkins' case. …

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