Mar. 30-ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A woman found unconscious in her car near Interstate 25 south of Montgomery last week has died and the man charged with hurting her will have his charges updated to murder, according to a police department spokesman.
Gilbert Gallegos, a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department, said Marie Krueger, 40, died on March 27. He said she had injuries consistent with strangulation when she was found two days earlier.
Her ex-boyfriend, 26-year-old Adrian Baltazar-Fierro, had been arrested the day after she was found. He was initially charged with aggravated battery against a household member causing great bodily harm.
His attorney did not immediately respond to calls for comment Monday evening.
According to a complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, shortly after noon on March 25, Krueger's co-workers called police to say they had found her unconscious in her car and her boyfriend - also a co-worker - had been involved. Krueger's brother told police the two had just broken up.
The co-worker said Krueger had called him earlier that morning and said she needed help. Then, the co-worker said, when they got to work she said Baltazar-Fierro was "on drugs or having some sort of mental issue." Around 10 a.m. Krueger told him she was still working on a plan to get Baltazar-Fierro help.
Then, around 12:15 p.m. Krueger texted to say Baltazar-Fierro would not let her go.
The co-worker and another colleague went out to look for her.
"(The co-worker) called Marie's cell phone and Adrian answered the phone," an investigator wrote in the complaint. "(The co-worker) asked Adrian if he could speak to Marie and Adrian laughed at him and said 'he could not do that.'"
Baltazar-Fierro agreed to meet the men at a gas station and on the way there they spotted Krueger's car parked in a dirt lot off the side of the highway. The trio headed back to the lot and on the way there Baltazar-Fierro handed over Krueger's cell phone and keys, according to the complaint.
When they arrived at her car, the co-workers told police, they saw Krueger slumped over in the driver's seat. They said they called 911 and tried to do CPR as Baltazar-Fierro took off. He returned to the scene after police arrived and was taken into custody.
Baltazar-Fierro declined to be interviewed by police. He was booked into jail and prosecutors have asked that he remain in custody until trial. A hearing will be held on that issue Tuesday.