Youth sought in Albuquerque twin killings arrested in Denver

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A 16-year-old youth sought in a double homicide in Albuquerque has been arrested in Denver.

The youth was sought in the Jan. 27 shooting deaths of Aerial Mallam, 21, and Jessica Casaus Lucero, 31, at an apartment complex where a third person was shot and wounded, Albuquerque police said late Thursday.

According to Albuquerque police, the youth exchanged gunfire with a fourth person as the youth tried unsuccessfully to take a vehicle.

The youth was wounded but ran off, police said.

Interviewed by police after being to a hospital by his father, the youth gave conflicting statements and then asked for a lawyer, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

The youth was released from the hospital and it wasn’t clear whether he was ever detained by police before a warrant was issued for his arrest in the double homicide, the Journal reported.

Police said the youth is charged with murder, armed robbery, aggravated battery, child abuse and tampering with evidence.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for the youth who could comment on the allegations.

The Associated Press generally does not identify crime defendants who are juveniles.

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