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Suspect in Albuquerque murder jailed after hospital release

March 27, 2022 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A suspect in an Albuquerque murder case now is in jail after being released from a hospital, according to authorities.

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s officials said an arrest warrant was issued for 20-year-old Christopher Byers last month, but he had to spend weeks in a hospital recovering from being shot in a different incident in January.

Byers had a court appearance Saturday. Prosecutors want him to remain in jail until his trial in connection with the death of a 16-year-old boy.

Authorities said the teen’s body was found in an open field in the South Valley last month.

Sheriff’s officials Byers is being held on suspicion of an open count of murder, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and tampering with evidence.

It was unclear Sunday if Byers has a lawyer yet who can speak on his behalf.

Authorities said another suspect in the case died in January and a third possible suspect still is being sought.