Suspects, victim identified in burned body case

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Joe Gallegos

Smiley Gallegos

New Mexico State Police are still looking for suspects Joe Lawrence Gallegos, 43, and Andrew “Smiley” Gallegos, 36, of Los Lunas, brothers, in connection with what is now being considered a murder case.

The Bernardo Volunteer Fire Department responded to U.S. 60 and state Highway 304 at 8 p.m. Monday in reference to a vehicle fire, according to a press release from the NMSP.

While extinguishing the fire, a body was found at the scene. The victim has been identified as Adrian Burns, 28, of Los Lunas.

Further investigation prompted state police to consider the Gallegos brothers as suspects.

Arrest warrants have been issued for both brothers on the following charges for each:

  • Open count of murder, first-degree felony.
  • Kidnapping, first-degree felony.
  • Conspiracy to commit a felony, second-degree felony.
  • Arson, third degree felony.

Both Gallegos brothers have a very lengthy violent history; therefore suspects are considered armed and dangerous.

The public is asked to call the New Mexico State Police office in Albuquerque at (505) 841-9256 with any information on the Gallegos brothers, or 911 in an emergency.