GRANTS – The day after Christmas, Deborah Ledesma called 911 to report that she had stabbed her boyfriend, Jose Rivera.
The call came into the Grants Police department at approximately 1:45 p.m. on Monday.
When the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel arrived at the home they found the victim, 29-year-old Jose Rivera, lying on the floor in the kitchen area. They immediately applied emergency aid to revive him but to no avail.
The caller, Ledesma, was then transported to the Grants Police Department where law enforcement officials conducted an interview and obtained a statement about the events that led up to the fatal stabbing.
Ledesma informed police that she had been dating Rivera on and off for two years and described their relationship as “constantly abusive.”
She stated that they both had smoked meth at a friends’ house a couple of days before the incident. The two spent the weekend together at Rivera’s mother’s home at 1036 Encino. His mother was out of town at the time.
It was there that they finished smoking the meth they had. Throughout the weekend, she said, they engaged in arguments surrounding Rivera’s accusations that she had cheated on him.
On Christmas day the arguments continued and Rivera’s actions began to turn violent toward her, according to Ledesma. He calmed down the next morning but only after using the dagger to cut himself in the arms, she said.
On Monday, Dec. 26, again the arguments continued and Rivera’s violent actions began to escalate, according to Ledesma.
During the day they received calls from their relatives checking to see how they both were doing. She said Rivera forcefully told her to state that nothing out of the ordinary was happening.
Rivera then began to violently attack her and threatened to kill her. During the altercation Ledesma stated that she didn’t want to be hit and assaulted anymore. Then she stabbed Rivera once in the back, on the right side of his shoulder, with a two-foot sword.
Ledesma said she was afraid that Rivera was going to kill her because he had told her that the only way she would ever leave the house was by ambulance.
Sergeant John Castaneda, from the Grants Police Department who is the primary investigator, stated that the GPD has experienced run-ins with Rivera in the past.
In 2009, Rivera was charged with aggravated battery against a household member, false imprisonment and possession of drug paraphernalia. In 2008, he was charged with abandonment and child abuse, however both cases where dismissed.
Casteneda said that the New Mexico State Police were called in to assist with the investigation and to make the whole process transparent because the victim was a nephew of Chief of Police Steve Sena.
There have been no arrests made relating to the fatal incident.
Casteneda added that the investigative report is being sent to the District Attorney’s Office for review and it will be left up to them to file charges.