LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A Colorado couple have pleaded not guilty to carjacking and firearms charges in a New Mexico crime spree last year that left a retired Las Cruces police officer dead.
Prosecutors say 34-year-old Daniel Allen Lowell and 32-year-old Trista Marie Schlaefli were arraigned Tuesday in a federal court in Las Cruces.
The couple from Colorado Springs were indicted last month and they remain in federal custody pending trial.
In November, the two fled from a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint west of Las Cruces in a stolen pickup truck.
The couple allegedly carjacked an SUV from a family at gunpoint and a subsequent collision killed a former policeman on a motorcycle.
They then attempted to carjack two other vehicles before being arrested by New Mexico State Police.