Mother and Son Charged in Brutal Murder of Homeless Woman in Front of Apartment Complex


April 5, 2023, 8:40 pm

By: ABQRAW staff

Posted: 3/5/2023 @2:33PM

Kristina Withrow, 44, and Kristian Crespin, 18 of Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Late on Monday, APD homicide detectives arrested Kristina Withrow after she claimed she gave her firearm to her son to shoot towards another woman during a dispute. According to APD, Withrow’s son, Kristian Crespin, fired three shots at the woman, one of which struck the female victim.


Kristina Withrow, 44, was booked into the Metro Detention Center on an open count of murder (willful & deliberate, felony murder, or depraved mind), conspiracy to commit murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and tampering with evidence.


Kristian Crespin, 18, is also charged with an open count of murder (willful & deliberate, felony murder, or depraved mind), conspiracy to commit murder and tampering with evidence (highest crime a capital, first or second degree felony). APD was looking for Crespin for a brief period immediately after the shooting, but he has since been booked into MDC on 4/5/2023 at 6:18AM.

Criminalists work the scene of the latest homicide in SE ABQ

According to APD, the shooting victim was a 36-year-old woman. She was transported to a local hospital Monday afternoon, but she died as a result of her wound. APD Homicide Detectives are still trying to locate her next of kin, so the victim is not being identified at this time.


Initially, Kristina Withrow told police that she is the one who shot the 36-year-old victim. However, she eventually admitted that her son indeed fired the shots after several witnesses told detectives a man fired the handgun and fled the scene.


Withrow said that she assumed the victim was homeless and Withrow told the victim to leave the walkway near her apartment. Allegedly, there was an argument between the two women. Withrow said she retrieved her handgun as the female victim walked toward her. Withrow said she did not know if the female victim was armed, so Withrow handed the gun to her son and said Withrow told her son to shoot. Her son then fired three shots at the victim.


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