Man Charged in Murder of Pecos Woman 01/16/14
January 16, 2014
Pecos – Pecos officials have confirmed with CBS 7 that a man has been charged with murdering Kristina Lopez. Lopez was found in her home January 12th. After initial questioning Michael Pena, Lopez’s boyfriend was picked up on unrelated charges of theft, today police officials say he has been charged with murdering Kristina Lopez.
Stay with CBS 7 as we continue to gather more information.
01/14/13 - CBS 7 has received new information out of Pecos regarding the woman found dead inside of her apartment early Sunday morning. The case is actively being investigated by Pecos officials who now tell us the woman’s boyfriend is in custody on unrelated charges. After the first round of questioning officials have picked up Michael Pena, the woman’s boyfriend on theft charges. For now family and friends say they are happy he is in custody and are working to raise funds for the funeral.
Hundreds of Pecos residents lined up outside of the Best Western, Kristina Lopez’s place of work, to show their support and help pay for her funeral expenses.
“It really is breathtaking to see everyone come out in support her,” said Best Western General Manager Cathy Garcia.
Kristina’s body was found early Sunday morning inside of her apartment. After family began hearing that this could be a possible suicide, they began speaking out, saying she was too happy and cared too much about her kids to do anything like that.
“We had just seen her the day before, she was so happy and glowing, that was the everyday Kristina,” said Garcia.
“This year she really stressed a lot about that she was going to give her kids the best Christmas ever, and that’s what she did. You know for someone to say that she committed suicide just can’t be true,” said Kristina’s brother Abel Lopez.
According to Pecos Police Chief Clay McKinney, police have responded to many domestic disputes between the couple previously. And according to those closest to her, they had warned her, many times.
“They had been repeatedly back and forth, it’s like a good girls like bad guys kind of thing. We told her to stay away from him,” said Lopez.
“He was really possessive with her, she seemed to be scared of him,” said Garcia.
CBS 7 has requested paperwork from the Pecos police concerning this case and should be receiving it in the days to come. If you would like to help this family, they have opened an account under Kristina Lopez at Westex Community Credit Union banks. The family will also be holding another plate dinner on Thursday at the Best Western in Pecos from four p.m. to six p.m.