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Murder suspect asks for time to trick or treat

Posted at 7:44 AM, Oct 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-31 07:44:06-04

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE/CNN) – A murder suspect and young mother in New Mexico is asking a judge to extend her curfew for Halloween, so she can take her daughter trick-or-treating.

Marisa Sepulveda is charged with playing a major role in the death of 18-year-old Aliyah Garcia, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in May 2016.

Police say Sepulveda set the murder in motion when she told a group of friends to rob someone who had a pound of marijuana. Garcia just happened to be nearby when shots rang out.

Judge Briana Zamora allowed Sepulveda to stay out of jail as long as she was under intense supervision, which includes staying off drugs, GPS monitoring, counseling and an 8 p.m. curfew.

However, Sepulveda is asking the judge to extend her curfew to 9:30 – only for Halloween – so she can take her daughter trick-or-treating.

Neighbors like Jonathon Correon say 9:30 is a little late to be trick-or-treating.

"I don't see many kids out. I mean, it's super dark by then, and I think normally, they start at like 6 and go until 8,” Correon said. "No, sorry, have a good day. You did something, and here's the rules."

Garcia’s sister, Sharlene, says the 18-year-old loved Halloween, and because of Sepulveda’s actions, she won’t ever get to experience that again. She hopes the judge will deny the request.

In Sepulveda’s request, it states she has gone almost a full year without a single violation. At the beginning of this year, she failed a drug test.

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