One suspect in recent murder killed biker in 2008

One suspect in recent murder killed biker in 2008

From the Las Vegas Optic

Antonia Louise Bernal was killed on a mild summer evening 12 years ago this week while visiting Las Vegas from Springer during the Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally.

It was July 25, 2008, and Bernal was the passenger on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle riding south on Grand Avenue. As the bike neared Baca Avenue, a car darted across Grand, accelerating toward the bike. The bike and the car collided, and the impact tossed Bernal and the driver of the bike, Steve Duran, to the pavement.

Despite seeing Bernal and Duran lying motionless in the roadway, the driver of the car, Nico L. Barela — then just 18-years-old — drove away. New Mexico State Police later arrested Barela, after he ran from an officer. Bernal died at the hospital later that evening.

Barela was convicted of homicide by vehicle and failure to render aid in September 2009. He was sentenced to four years in prison.

Last week, Barela, now 30, was again arrested by New Mexico State Police. He is charged with an open count of murder in the first degree and multiple other charges in a July 6 shooting that killed 16-year-old Adelina Tafoya and sent two other teens to the hospital with gunshot wounds.