Feds: Victim targeted for being nun

| May 26, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Murdering a nun could be so inflammatory to a jury in this heavily Catholic state that the man charged with doing it wouldn't be able to get a fair trial, according to defense attorneys.

That's why lawyers for an accused killer wants to prevent the jury from hearing anything about religion or that the victim was a nun.

But federal prosecutors are now firing back.

Sister Marguerite Bartz, 64, was bludgeoned to death on Halloween night in 2009. She was living alone in her convent home in Navajo, just north of Gallup, when she was beaten with her own flashlight after confronting a burglar.

The FBI named Reehahlio Carroll, who was 18 at the time, as her killer. Investigators said he was looking for money for drugs and booze and that he knew a parish had cash from collections and fundraisers.

But last week, Carroll's defense asked a judge to bar any mention of Bartz being a nun or that the murder took place at a parish.

"As tragic as this case is and as godly as she was, it's just not relevant to the case other than to enflame the passions of the jury," said defense attorney Robert Gorence.

 

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