Judge Identified as Murder Victim from Murder/Suicide over Thanksgiving
By: ABQ RAW staff
POSTED: 11/28/2022 @12:30PM
Los Ranchos Albuquerque -
On Friday, November 25th at around 1:00pm, BCSO received a call a that a man had left a voicemail with a friend stating that he had just murdered his family, their family pets, and that he was now going to take his own life.
When BCSO deputies arrived at the home, they heard a single shot coming from within the residence. They entered the home to find the suspect, Eric Pinkerton, 63, dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound. Erik Pinkerton is married to Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque Municipal Judge Diane Albert, 65, she died from an undisclosed amount of gunshots. Deputies also found all their family pets dead.
video from scene
Judge Albert was a municipal judge, she proceeded over cases including municipal ordinance violations, traffic violations, and petty misdemeanors in the village of Los Ranchos. She was also an attorney who represented individuals and large and small businesses (both national and local) in the areas of patent prosecution, copyrights, state and federal trademark registration and prosecution, and development and protection of water technologies.
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A Facebook post from the official Los Ranchos de Albuquerque Village page, re-shared Mayor Tom Lopez post on Judge Albert's murder:
I am mourning the loss of my good friend and our Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque Municipal Judge Diane Albert. I first met Diane over 20 years ago when she was serving on the Los Alamos County Commission. She moved to Los Ranchos to a home on Ranchitos road near my Home. I knew her well and will miss her terribly. I cannot describe the senselessness of this tragedy. May God Bless her soul.
Mayor Donald T. Lopez Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque
Tributes across social media from colleagues and friends described her as always available to chat, give advice, and that she had a passion for her four dogs who were Pugs. Bernalillo County Sheriff Office deputies were seen taking animals off the property to the animal shelter. It is unclear how many animals Pinkerton killed and how many remained.