NM - Jeremiah Valencia, 13, beaten to death by mom's BF; body buried in plastic bin, Nov 2017

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  1. Niner

    Niner Long time Websleuther

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    Thank you for the bit in the article LietKynes. Much appreciated. And October, gotcha!
    I wouldn't think she would be afraid of Nunez, as she seems to say "nice" things about him, and said she felt save with him. Don't know about the mother though. Since she let Jeremiah get beaten up - who knows!
     
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    I think this is 10%. :)

     
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    Here's an update on what's happening in this case.

    *Evidentiary Hearing (@ 8:30am MT) – (NM) – Jeremiah Valencia (13) (missing mid-Nov. 2017; found Jan. 28, 2018; been tortured for years; forced to live in dog kennel) – *Tracy Ann Pena (35) “mom” arrested & charged (1/29/18) with abuse of a child resulting in death (F1), intentional abuse of a child (F1), 4 counts of tampering with evidence (F4), 5 counts conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence (F4) & obstructing report of child abuse/neglect (M). Plead not guilty. Held without bond.
    *Jordan Anthony Nunez (19) (Ferguson’s son) arrested & charged (1/29/18) with abuse of a child resulting in death (F1), 11 counts of tampering with evidence (F4) & obstructing report of child abuse/neglect (M) Plead not guilty. Held without bond.
    *Thomas Wayne Ferguson (42) (mom’s BF) arrested & charged (1/29/18) 1st degree murder, 2 counts of 1st degree kidnapping, 12 counts of tampering with evidence, intentional abuse of child, conspiracy to commit child abuse & obstructing report of child abuse/neglect. Held without bond. Ferguson commits suicide in his jail cell, hanging by sheets, May 23, 2018-case dismissed.
    8/10/18 Update: Judge will allow 13 year old to testify in trial.
    9/1/18 Update: For Valencia & Nunez: Evidentiary hearing re Response to State's Motion for Protective Order and Motion to Quash; State's Reply to Defendant's Response to the State's Expedited Motion for Protective Order and Motion to Quash on 9/5, Pretrial hearing 12/21, Docket call 1/23/19, Status hearing 2/27 & Jury selection 3/19/19.
     
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    Update on what will happen in today's hearing:

    Prosecutors believe Jordan Nunez - not his dad - killed Jeremiah Valencia

     
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    Nunez:

    09/05/2018 MTN: MOTION P 1
    Expedited Partially Unopposed Motion to Allow Support and a Comfort Item during the Testimony of A.V. at the Pretrial Detention Hearing

    Hearing Date Hearing Time Hearing Type Hearing Judge Court

    03/19/2019 8:30 AM JURY SELECTION HEARING Wilson, Matthew Justin SANTA FE DISTRICT COURT

    02/27/2019 8:30 AM STATUS HEARING/ CONFERENCE Wilson, Matthew Justin SANTA FE DISTRICT COURT

    01/23/2019 8:30 AM DOCKET CALL Wilson, Matthew Justin SANTA FE DISTRICT COURT

    12/21/2018 8:30 AM PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE Wilson, Matthew Justin SANTA FE DISTRICT COURT

    link: Stale Session


    Pena:

    09/05/2018 MTN: MOTION P 1
    Expedited Partially Unopposed Motion to Allow Support and a Comfort Item during the Testimony of A.V. at the Pretrial Detention Hearing

    Hearing Date Hearing Time Hearing Type Hearing Judge Court Court Room
    03/19/2019 8:30 AM JURY SELECTION HEARING Wilson, Matthew Justin SANTA FE DISTRICT COURT

    02/27/2019 8:30 AM STATUS HEARING/ CONFERENCE Wilson, Matthew Justin SANTA FE DISTRICT COURT

    01/23/2019 8:30 AM DOCKET CALL Wilson, Matthew Justin SANTA FE DISTRICT COURT

    12/21/2018 8:30 AM PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE Wilson, Matthew Justin SA

    link: Stale Session
     
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    Oops - looks like they will be back on 9/19.

    Pretrial hearing begins in case involving death of Jeremiah Valencia

     
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    Wednesday, Sept. 19th:
    *Detention Hearing Continues (for both) (@ 8:30am MT) – NM – Jeremiah Valencia (13) (missing mid-Nov. 2017; found Jan. 28, 2018; been tortured for years; forced to live in dog kennel) – *Tracy Ann Pena (35) “mom” arrested & charged (1/29/18) with abuse of a child resulting in death (F1), intentional abuse of a child (F1), 4 counts of tampering with evidence (F4), 5 counts conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence (F4) & obstructing report of child abuse/neglect (M). Plead not guilty. Held without bond.
    *Jordan Anthony Nunez (19) (Ferguson’s son) arrested & charged (1/29/18) with abuse of a child resulting in death (F1), 11 counts of tampering with evidence (F4) & obstructing report of child abuse/neglect (M) Plead not guilty. Held without bond.
    *Thomas Wayne Ferguson (42) (mom’s BF) arrested & charged (1/29/18) 1st degree murder, 2 counts of 1st degree kidnapping, 12 counts of tampering with evidence, intentional abuse of child, conspiracy to commit child abuse & obstructing report of child abuse/neglect. Held without bond. Ferguson commits suicide in his jail cell, hanging by sheets, May 23, 2018-case dismissed.
    8/10/18 Update: Judge will allow 13 year old to testify in trial.
    9/1/18 Update: For Valencia & Nunez: Pretrial hearing 12/21, Docket call 1/23/19, Status hearing 2/27 & Jury selection 3/19/19.
    9/5/18 Update: Motion: Expedited Partially Unopposed Motion to Allow Support and a Comfort Item during the Testimony of A.V. at the Pretrial Detention Hearing. Testimony from Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Ernest Alderete took nearly the whole day, so the defense will get to present its case Sept. 19.
     
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    Mother of 'tortured' boy expected to strike plea deal

    Nunez will be in court.
     
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    Younger sister testifies about violent household where Jeremiah Valencia died


    edited to add: Nunez is next in court on 12/21. Pena is in possible plea deal.
     
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    His father, 42-year-old Thomas Wayne Ferguson, who had faced a first-degree murder charge in the boy’s death, killed himself in the Santa Fe County jail in April. Prosecutors initially named Ferguson as Jeremiah’s killer but now allege evidence points to Nuñez as the individual who dealt the fatal blow to a boy who had suffered months of severe abuse at the hands of multiple members of the household.

    Nuñez has not been charged with homicide in the case.

    Over the course of a lengthy pretrial detention hearing, Nuñez’s defense attorneys argued his role in the boy’s torture and death was spurred by the terror of his father.

    Nuñez to remain in jail until trial in Jeremiah’s death

    Nuñez’s trial isn’t likely to start until at least early 2019. Preliminary trial dates, subject to change, show a jury selection in the case scheduled for March.
     
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    OMI: Jeremiah had meth in system when he was killed

     
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    Jeremiah Valencia's mom has reached plea deal

    SANTA FE — A woman accused of taking part in the beating, torture and disposal of her own son has reached a plea deal with prosecutors, according to a court filing.
    [.....]
    Pena originally pleaded not guilty to the charges in Santa Fe District Court in March, but a plea deal has been in the works since at least September. A request for a hearing filed in Santa Fe District Court Friday indicates that Pena has struck a deal.
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    “The parties have reached a plea agreement and have stipulated to requesting a change of plea,” Deputy District Attorney Todd Bullion wrote. A hearing is currently scheduled for Nov. 28, but attorneys are asking Judge Mathew Wilson to hold a hearing early next week.
     
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    Pena:

    Hearing Date Hearing Time Hearing Type Hearing Judge Court Court Room
    02/27/2019 8:30 AM STATUS HEARING/ CONFERENCE Wilson, Matthew Justin SANTA FE DISTRICT COURT

    12/21/2018 8:30 AM PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE Wilson, Matthew Justin SANTA FE DISTRICT COURT

    11/28/2018 2:45 PM CHANGE OF PLEA HEARING Wilson, Matthew Justin SANTA FE DISTRICT COURT


    Event Date Event Description Event Result Party Type Party # Amount
    11/02/2018 REQUEST
    Stipulated Request for Change of Plea Setting


    link: Stale Session


    for Nunez:

    Hearing Date Hearing Time Hearing Type Hearing Judge Court Court Room
    03/19/2019 8:30 AM JURY SELECTION HEARING Wilson, Matthew Justin SANTA FE DISTRICT COURT

    02/27/2019 8:30 AM STATUS HEARING/ CONFERENCE Wilson, Matthew Justin SANTA FE DISTRICT COURT

    01/23/2019 8:30 AM DOCKET CALL Wilson, Matthew Justin SANTA FE DISTRICT COURT

    12/21/2018 8:30 AM PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE Wilson, Matthew Justin SANTA FE DISTRICT COURT

    link: Stale Session
     
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    Pena charged with possession of meth:

    Criminal Charge Detail
    Party Count Seq # Statute Charge Class Charge Date Cit # Plea Disposition Disp Date
    D 1 1 1 30-31-20 (A)(3) & 30 Conspiracy to Commit Trafficking (by Possession with Intent)(Narcotic or Meth) F3 08/01/2017
    D 1 2 1 30-31-20 (A)(3) & 30 Conspiracy to Commit Trafficking (by Possession with Intent)(Narcotic or Meth) F3 09/03/2017
    D 1 3 1 30-31-20 (A)(3) & 30 Conspiracy to Commit Trafficking (by Possession with Intent)(Narcotic or Meth) F3 10/04/2017


    Event Date Event Description Event Result Party Type Party # Amount
    11/07/2018 OPN: CRIMINAL INFORMATION / COMPLAINT Criminal Information

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    Wednesday, Nov. 28th:
    *Plea Change Hearing (@ 2:45pm MT) – NM – Jeremiah Valencia (13) (missing mid-Nov. 2017, Nambe; found Jan. 28, 2018; been tortured for years; forced to live in dog kennel) – only for *Tracy Ann Pena (35) “mom” arrested & charged (1/29/18) with abuse of a child resulting in death (F1), intentional abuse of a child (F1), 4 counts of tampering with evidence (F4), 5 counts conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence (F4) & obstructing report of child abuse/neglect (M). Plead not guilty. Held without bond.
    9/19/18 Update: Vacated today’s appearance. Expected to take a plea deal. Next hearing 12/21.
    11/6/18 Update: Has reached a plea deal. Next Plea Change Hearing on 11/28. Pretrial hearing on 12/21 & status hearing on 2/27.

    11/7/18 Update: Charged with 3 counts of conspiracy to commit trafficking (meth).
    *Jordan Anthony Nunez (19) (Ferguson’s son) arrested & charged (1/29/18) with abuse of a child resulting in death (F1), 11 counts of tampering with evidence (F4) & obstructing report of child abuse/neglect (M) Plead not guilty. Held without bond.
    *Thomas Wayne Ferguson (42) (mom’s BF) arrested & charged (1/29/18) 1st degree murder, 2 counts of 1st degree kidnapping, 12 counts of tampering with evidence, intentional abuse of child, conspiracy to commit child abuse & obstructing report of child abuse/neglect. Held without bond. Ferguson commits suicide in his jail cell, hanging by sheets, May 23, 2018-case dismissed.
    8/10/18 Update: Judge will allow 13 year old to testify in trial.
    9/1/18 Update: For Valencia & Nunez: Pretrial hearing 12/21, Docket call 1/23/19, Status hearing 2/27 & Jury selection 3/19/19.

    9/5/18 Update: Motion: Expedited Partially Unopposed Motion to Allow Support and a Comfort Item during the Testimony of A.V. at the Pretrial Detention Hearing. Testimony from Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Ernest Alderete took nearly the whole day, so the defense will get to present its case Sept. 19.
    9/19/18 Update: Judge rules Nunez will remain in jail until his trial in March after dramatic testimony from his little sister (AV) about the abuse Nunez did to Jeremiah. Next pretrial hearing 12/21.
     
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    Mother of Jeremiah Valencia to appear in court for plea hearing


    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - A mother will spend 12 years in prison for the brutal torture and murder of her 13-year-old son who was found buried along a New Mexico road.

    Tracy Pena took a plea deal Wednesday after prosecutors pointed out she was also a victim.

    Although Pena pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in death, the state did not ignore the fact that Pena was a victim of domestic violence.
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    Pena also pled guilty to three counts of conspiracy to traffic a controlled substance, but the nine year sentence for those charges were suspended.

    A big part of the plea deal is Pena will have to testify against accused killer, Jordan Nunez.

    If she does not meet that part of the agreement or gets into any criminal trouble, the nine years suspended will be tacked onto the 12 years bringing her sentence up to 21 years.
     
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    Friday, December 21st:
    *Pretrial Hearing for both (@ 8:30am MT) – NM – Jeremiah Valencia (13) (missing mid-Nov. 2017, Nambe; found Jan. 28, 2018; been tortured for years; forced to live in dog kennel) – *Tracy Ann Pena (35) “mom” arrested & charged (1/29/18) with abuse of a child resulting in death (F1), intentional abuse of a child (F1), 4 counts of tampering with evidence (F4), 5 counts conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence (F4) & obstructing report of child abuse/neglect (M). Plead not guilty. Held without bond.
    11/28/18 Update: Plead guilty to child abuse resulting in death. Also plead guilty to 3 counts of conspiracy to traffic a controlled substance, but the 9 year sentence was suspended. In plea deal she will receive 12 years in prison. Will testify against Nunez. Next hearing 12/21.
    *Jordan Anthony Nunez (19) (Ferguson’s son) arrested & charged (1/29/18) with abuse of a child resulting in death (F1), 11 counts of tampering with evidence (F4) & obstructing report of child abuse/neglect (M) Plead not guilty. Held without bond.
    *Thomas Wayne Ferguson (42) (mom’s BF) arrested & charged (1/29/18) 1st degree murder, 2 counts of 1st degree kidnapping, 12 counts of tampering with evidence, intentional abuse of child, conspiracy to commit child abuse & obstructing report of child abuse/neglect. Held without bond. Ferguson commits suicide in his jail cell, hanging by sheets, May 23, 2018-case dismissed.
    8/10/18 Update: Judge will allow 13 year old to testify in trial.
    9/5/18 Update: Motion: Expedited Partially Unopposed Motion to Allow Support and a Comfort Item during the Testimony of A.V. at the Pretrial Detention Hearing. Testimony from Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Ernest Alderete took nearly the whole day, so the defense will get to present its case Sept. 19. 9/19/18: Judge rules Nunez will remain in jail until his trial in March after dramatic testimony from his little sister (AV) about the abuse Nunez did to Jeremiah. Next pretrial hearing 12/21. Docket Call on 1/23 @ 8:30am, Status hearing on 2/27 @ 8:30am & Jury Selection hearing on 3/19 @ 8:30am.
     
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    My mistake - they were both NOT at 12/21 hearing - only Nunez.
    from court site for Nunez:

    Hearing Date Hearing Time Hearing Type Hearing Judge Court Court Room
    11/15/2019 8:30 AM JURY TRIAL Wilson, Matthew Justin SANTA FE DISTRICT COURT

    11/14/2019 8:30 AM JURY TRIAL Wilson, Matthew Justin SANTA FE DISTRICT COURT

    11/13/2019 8:30 AM JURY TRIAL Wilson, Matthew Justin SANTA FE DISTRICT COURT

    11/12/2019 8:30 AM JURY SELECTION HEARING Wilson, Matthew Justin SANTA FE DISTRICT COURT

    10/15/2019 9:00 AM STATUS HEARING/ CONFERENCE Wilson, Matthew Justin SANTA FE DISTRICT COURT

    09/16/2019 9:00 AM DOCKET CALL Wilson, Matthew Justin SANTA FE DISTRICT COURT

    08/19/2019 9:00 AM PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE Wilson, Matthew Justin SANTA FE DISTRICT COURT

    12/21/2018 8:30 AM PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE Wilson, Matthew Justin SANTA FE DISTRICT COURT


    Docket:
    Event Date Event Description Event Result Party Type Party # Amount
    12/24/2018 ORD: PRE-TRIAL HEARING SCHEDULED
    3rd Amended Discovery Order & Trial Scheduling Order

    12/19/2018 MTN: FOR CONTINUANCE D 1
    Unopposed Motion For Continuance Of Trial Date

    12/03/2018 WITHDRAWAL/ ENTRY/ SUBSTITUTION OF COUNSEL P 1
    Entry of Appearance and Substitution of Counsel


    link: Stale Session
     

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