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Death penalty may be sought in brutal April murder

Reported by: John Treanor
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Updated: 8/16/2013 11:24 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Graphic new details tonight about a torturous killing, brutal enough to warrant the death penalty were unsealed for News 3's cameras.

Abraham Mathews was found with his hands and feet handcuffed. His body beaten and dumped body was found along the road early April 10 near Pecos Road and Owens Avenue.

Tonight we learn more about the case against three people who are facing the death penalty.

This was a serious crime brutal in nature and so graphic the state is seeking the death penalty.

The evidence was laid out on a table.

Eric Orduna, Jonathan Reyes, and Amber Montoya are accused of kidnapping, robbing, and beating Abraham Mathews before dumping his body on the side of the road.

In videos of police interrogations, months after the killing, you hear the case could be strong.

“Your DNA is on the handcuffs. Your DNA is on the clothing. Your DNA is on the cord. It’s on rope,” is what the police conduction the interrogations are heard saying in the videos.

The police say DNA is everywhere.

DNA was found in Orduna's house where investigators believe Mathews was kept cuffed and beaten with bricks.

There is video of Reyes and others driving his car to a local market and walking in to the store. They’re seen in the video, but despite the evidence, Orduna doesn’t budge

“I’m not involved in this,” Orduna said. “I’m not involved in this.”

His alleged accomplice and roommate, Montoya isn’t as quiet and after hours of questioning an emotional Montoya starts to open up.

“If he gets out of line if he put him in check,” Montoya said.

She implicates both Orduna and Reyes and says the group was trying to rob Mathews of money and his car and then says during the interrogation Mathews was killed. That’s when she got a phone call.

“Eric over the phone he said that he needed my help...for what... that Abraham you know, they killed him,” Montoya said.

With those interviews and the DNA evidence police believe they have a case strong enough to seek the death penalty.

All three will be back in court on August 29.

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