Man ordered to stand trial in Farmington killing

May 9, 2013 • State News

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — One of two Kirtland brothers charged in the killing of a man repeatedly shot while in a parked car with his family at a mall has been ordered to stand [auth] trial.

A judge on Wednesday ordered 28-year-old Luis Ramirez bound over for trial on murder and other charges in the April 27 killing of Johnny Vialpando.

The Daily Times ( ) reported that prosecutors said Ramirez was the getaway driver for his younger brother, 22-year-old Alejandro Ramirez, the alleged triggerman.

On Thursday, Farmington police said there was an arrest in an alleged murder plot intended as retaliation for the Vialpando killing. However, they later said they’re apparently unrelated.

After the Vialpando killing, police stepped up patrols in neighborhoods amid fears of a gang war.

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