TAOS COUNTY — At around 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, New Mexico State Police officers were dispatched to N.M. 518, house number 7051 in Talpa, NM where neighbors discovered a female who had been shot.
Officers arrived on scene to find Brandi Davis, 44, deceased outside her home from an apparent gunshot wound. The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to take over the investigation.
Through investigation agents learned there was a history of domestic violence at this house between Davis and her live-in boyfriend Jeremiah Rael, 31.
Neighbors reported hearing a gun shot at around 3 p.m. that afternoon. Rael, who initially fled the scene, turned himself in at around 9 p.m. to the New Mexico State Police office in Taos.
Rael was arrested and booked into the Taos County Detention Center and charged with an open count of murder and tampering with evidence.
This case is being investigated by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau with assistance from the New Mexico State Police Crime Scene Team.