Jemez Pueblo man accused of gruesome murder

Albuquerque, New Mexico (AP) October 2010

A 22-year-old Jemez Pueblo man is facing a murder charge in the gruesome stabbing death of a fellow tribal member.

Federal prosecutors have accused Lucas Toledo of killing 21-year-old Matthew Panana in the early hours of Sept. 29 outside his home on the Jemez reservation after Panana repeated knocked on his window while he tried to sleep.

A criminal complaint alleges that Toledo stabbed Panana with a box-cutter razor and a kitchen knife before repeatedly striking him with a shovel, stabbing his face and then slashing his throat and abdomen.

Toledo is also accused of pulling out handfuls of Panana’s entrails and throwing them on Panana’s body and wrapping some of them around the victim’s neck.

Toledo was taken into federal custody.

A trial date has not been set.