ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A fugitive defendant in a fatal drunken-driving case planted a fake obituary in an attempt to escape trial, according to attorneys, court records and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Byron Shane Carpenter, 30, was arrested Wednesday after an anonymous tip to MADD offices in Albuquerque.
“We were quite surprised when we found out that death notification had been filed,” MADD executive director Lora Lee Ortiz told KRQE News 13. “We received the tip last week and within a day and a half he was in custody.”
Carpenter’s arrest came one month after his obituary appeared in the Albuquerque Journal.
Weeks after the obituary was published, Carpenter’s wife contacted his attorney, Sandy Barnhart y Chavez, saying he was dead.
“I received a frantic and crying phone call from his wife saying that Byron had died in a car crash in southern New Mexico,”
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