A New Mexico judge was found dead in her home on Friday in an alleged murder-suicide.
Los Ranchos Municipal Judge Diane Albert, 65, was one of the two dead individuals found by law enforcement, along with several deceased animals.
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Early reports suggest she was killed by her husband who then ended his own life, according to a report by Fox News.
"Deputies with the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office conducted a welfare check at a home on Ranchitos Road in Albuquerque after a friend of Eric Pinkerton's reported a troubling message," the report stated.
"When deputies arrived, the department said on Twitter, they located and confirmed two adults were dead inside the home, one of whom was 63-year-old Pinkerton," it continued. "Los Ranchos Municipal Judge Diane Albert, 65, was also deceased along with several animals."
This is believed to be a Murder-suicide. A friend of the decedents contacted deputies after receiving a troubling message from Eric Pinkerton. Upon arrival deputies located the decedents inside the residence along with several dead animals. https://t.co/d5cA7ERdZk
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"Albert was a municipal judge for the Village of Los Ranchos, which borders Albuquerque, and was a former planning and zoning commissioner for the North Valley community," CBS News reported.
"She also had served as a Los Alamos County commissioner and president of the Bike Coalition of New Mexico, according to the Albuquerque Journal," it added.
The concerning report comes as a shock to the small town area where Albert served as a judge.
Several local leaders expressed tributes in reports and on social media following the announcement of her death.
The case remains under investigation regarding the tragic loss that took the lives of the couple and many of their pets.
Source: Fox News