LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Crime scene tape was no longer up at a Las Cruces home a day after police investigated the death of a 37-year-old man.
Rebecca Gomez, 28, and Leonard Espinosa Telles, 27, have both been charged with an open count of murder and tampering with evidence in connection to the death of Jerome Saiz, 37,.
"He was great friend and good son," said a friend who chose not to be identified. "He loved life."
The woman said she met Saiz in 2006 when he moved to Las Cruces from Santa Fe.
She said the 37-year-old was a very smart man who enjoyed sports and was always willing to lend a helping hand.
"If you needed help and he could help you, he would help you regardless of the situation," she said.
Early Wednesday morning Las Cruces Police showed up at Saiz' home on Princess Jeanne after being alerted of what appeared to be a violent struggle.
Police said Saiz had been at a friend's home earlier in the night and left at about 1 a.m.
According to court records, the friend told police she received a call about an hour later from Saiz and said she recognized his girlfriend Rebecca Gomez's voice.
The records indicate she also heard Gomez say "Don't hurt my husband," and "Kill him babe, babe kill him."
The criminal complaint states the friend then hung up and called police.
When police arrived they said they found Gomez sitting in a car outside and told officers nobody was home.
Court records indicate officers knocked on the door after seeing movement through a window and Leonard Telles answered.
The criminal complaint said Telles told officers "i hit him with a bat".
Police said they found Saiz rolled up in a carpet after officers heard him struggling to breathe and would later die at the hospital.
"He's going to go straight to heaven because of his amazing heart," his friend said.
As of Thursday afternoon Telles and Gomez remain in custody under a $500,000 bonds each.
Police said Gomez's young daughters were in the house at the time and have since been turned over to relatives.