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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Zuni man charged with murder in Indian Country

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced that Brian Wallace made an initial appearance in federal court on Oct. 11 on a criminal complaint charging him with murder in Indian Country. Wallace, 44, of Zuni, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Zuni Pueblo, will remain in custody pending a preliminary and detention hearing scheduled for Oct. 13.

According to the complaint, Wallace allegedly killed a victim, identified as John Doe, and buried him at a residence on the Zuni Pueblo on an unknown date. The victim was an enrolled member of the Zuni Pueblo.

A complaint is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Wallace faces up to life in prison.

The Gallup Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the FBI Phoenix Field Office and Zuni Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas J. Marshall is prosecuting the case.

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Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 
22-224
Updated October 13, 2022