A New Mexico judge was found dead Friday with her husband at her home in what police believe her husband’s murder-suicide.
Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque Community Judge Diane Albert, 65, was shot and killed Friday afternoon at her home, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Twitter.
Her husband Eric Pinkerton, 63, allegedly shot his wife and several animals in the house before shooting himself, according to officials.
“It is believed to be a homicide-suicide. A friend of the deceased contacted MPs after receiving disturbing news from Eric Pinkerton,” police said said. “Upon arrival, MPs found the deceased in the residence along with several dead animals.”
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jayme Fuller said a friend of the couple contacted the sheriff’s office just before 4 p.m. Friday after receiving a message in which Pinkerton said he had his wife and dogs shot and will kill himself.
Albert was elected municipal judge for the village of Los Ranchos, which borders Albuquerque, in 2021 and previously served as the planning and zoning commissioner for the North Valley community.
She was also a Los Alamos County commissioner and president of the Bike Coalition of New Mexico, and was a practicing patent attorney, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
“Successful and loved person”
Before that, she worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 10 years and taught at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos for two years, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.
Over the weekend, tributes arrived for Albert, with the Lt. gov. of New Mexico, Howie Morales, wrote an emotional post expression on Twitter he explained his shock at the “senseless death” of an “achieved and loved one”.
“This terrible tragedy is a stark reminder of how much more we must do to end the scourge of domestic violence in New Mexico,” Morales said.
Elsewhere, New Mexico State CPA Brian Colón wrote on Facebook that he is at a loss for words when it comes to honoring his “dear friend, good doctor, public advocate and servant.”
“I’m just speechless. So many thoughts, but so few words. I turned down the broadcaster who wanted me to go on camera to talk about Diane. I just couldn’t. Diane always walked into our home with a smile and usually wore her bike helmet. What a loss. Rest in peace and know that you spread kindness far and wide,” Colón wrote.
Albert’s death was the third fatal domestic incident in the Albuquerque area within the first 48 hours of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
On Thursday a man who was reportedly suffering from dementia was accused of killing and dismembering his wife and on Friday police shot dead a knife-wielding man after she was called to a domestic dispute.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.