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Gag order pending in murder case

A motion for a gag order has been filed in District Court in the case of an alleged Arboles murder.

As of press time Wednesday, District Court Judge Gregory Lyman had not signed the motion (he is currently presiding over a civil trial), but Deputy District Attorney Alex Lowe said those involved with the case are erring on the side of caution nevertheless.

The alleged murder involved in the gag order motion was originally reported to the Colorado State Patrol and Southern Ute Indian Tribe Police Department as a traffic accident.

Further information led to a homicide investigation by the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office, with two men arrested on murder charges.

The victim, 45-year-old Andrew Montoya, of Dulce, N.M., died the afternoon of March 11 on County Road 500 near mile marker 40 in what was originally reported to be a traffic accident, said Det. Rich Valdez of the ACSO in a previous interview.

Two suspects have been arrested for possible involvement in the incident — Nathan Lucas, 24, and David Peterson, 31, both of Arboles — and they are being held at the Archuleta County Detention Center.

The filing of charges in the case has been set for today at 2 p.m.

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