Details Emerge in Orchard Mesa Homicide Case
KREX News Room
MESA COUNTY, Colo.- Authorities say the death of a man whose body was discovered in Orchard Mesa was premeditated murder.
Last Monday 38-year-old Rigaberta Luna was found dead in a wooded area near B 1/2 Road.
After one week of investigating, authorities were led to an apartment complex on 2907 3/4 Sandra Ave. in Grand Junction Saturday, where they arrested Sadie Camis and Nathan Dennis, both 28, on first-degree murder charges.
Aaron Ungles was also arrested in connection to the case; he has been charged with multiple counts of fraud-identity theft and one count of theft.
Ungles' charges stem from his alleged plans to rob Luna.
According to the affidavit, Lindsy Peters, the fiance of Ungles, says she, Dennis, Camis and Ungles had been drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana and using meth at her residence.
Police reports say Camis then called Luna to come pick them up.
After making several stops, Peters said they pulled over on D Road because she felt ill.
According to the affidavit, Peters said on her way back to the vehicle she saw Dennis holding a lug wrench before starting to choke Luna.
Peters and Ungles both told investigators they thought Dennis may have become upset because of advances Luna was making toward Camis, his girlfriend.
Ungles also told investigators that earlier that night, Dennis said he and Ungles needed to "get rid of" Luna, and Camis would give a signal for Ungles and Dennis to jump him.
Officials say authorities collaborated with the DA to determine the suspects' charges.
"Based on the actions of both of them, related to the victim and his death, the charge of first-degree murder fit best. Investigators consulted with the DA's office, and together they decided to charge that," said Heather Benjamin with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.
The coroner determined that Luna died from strangulation, and that he had been dead 24 to 36 hours before his remains were discovered.