Markham faces second degree murder charge

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By Carol A. Clark

First District Court Judge Stephen Pfeffer found sufficient probable cause to try Los Alamos resident Jack Markham on second degree murder in the August death of wife Robin Markham.

Seven handguns were found in the Markham’s bedroom, including four 9mm handguns, which records show is the type of gun that killed the victim. A number of shotguns also were found in the bedroom.

The cause of death was three gunshot wounds to the chest, any one of which would have been fatal, according to an expert witness who testified during Thursday’s preliminary hearing in the Community Building.

Evidence presented Thursday indicated some type of struggle took place as several fingernails were ripped off her hands and there were bruises found below her fingernails and on various parts of her body.

Markham’s attorney, Damian Horn, asked if gardening could have caused her injuries. An expert witness said extremely vigorous gardening could see those results.

Markham, 55, spent the majority of the day hunched over in a wheel chair, staring down at the table in front of him. Horn, fought the first degree murder charge presented by the District Attorney’'s office.

“This was not premeditated,” Horn said. “If anything, one can assume a moment of passion and that would have to go to second degree.”

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