April 14, 2009
MADD: Suspect faked obituary
A defendant in a fatal drunken driving case tried to escape prosecution by publishing a fake obituary in New Mexico, Mothers Against Drunk Driving said.
Byron Shane Carpenter, 30, was arrested Wednesday after MADD's Albuquerque office received a tip that his obituary last month in the Albuquerque Journal was a fake, KRQE-TV, Albuquerque, reported Tuesday.
We were quite surprised when we found out that death notification had been filed,MADD Executive Director Lora Lee Ortiz said.
We received the tip last week and within a day and a half he was in custody.
U.S. marshals said Carpenter was found hiding under a pile of rocks outside Capitan, N.M.
Carpenter is charged with homicide by vehicle, great bodily injury by vehicle and aggravated driving while intoxicated. The charges stem from a 2006 crash that killed a woman and left her stepfather severely injured.