State Supreme Court upholds 2003 murder suspect’s extended commitment to NMBHI

State Supreme Court upholds 2003 murder suspect’s extended commitment to NMBHI

From the Las Vegas Optic

On the evening of April 11, 2003, officers with the Las Vegas Police Department responded to a home on Sixth Street near Baca Avenue after receiving a call about a possible dead body. Those officers ultimately entered the home with a search warrant, and soon began investigating one of the city’s most gruesome homicides to date.

Ricky Quintana, who was 35 at the time, was arrested and charged with an open count of murder in the death of his roommate, Michael Grube.

Quintana answered the door with blood on his hands and pants, according to an affidavit for a search warrant filed in District Court in April of 2003.

Grube’s body was found covered in blood. He was nearly decapitated, and his body mutilated, including the removal of his genitals, which were disposed of in a trash can, according to the affidavit. While in police custody, Quintana began licking the blood off his hands.

The open count of murder was changed to a second-degree murder charge, and Quintana was also charged with tampering with evidence.

Quintana was found incompetent to stand trial and committed to the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute. In 2006, the court found that Quintana remained incompetent to stand trial, that he remained a danger, and that clear and convincing evidence supported the prosecution’s charge of second-degree murder.

Finding that aggravating circumstances existed, the District Court ordered a three-year addition to Quintana’s statutory 15-year term of commitment to NMBHI.