Suspect in mail carrier’s murder pleads guilty

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – One of three people accused of killing a woman and burning her body on the mesa pleaded guilty Thursday.

Annie Rael admits to helping Alissa Bickett and Drake Bickett kill his grandmother, 65-year-old Marilyn Gandert, in January 2018. Gandert was in the process of evicting them for not paying their rent.

Thursday, Rael pled guilty to second-degree murder and other charges. Her attorneys then explained  how the crime played out.

Gandert was well-known in the community because she was a mail carrier. As part of the plea, Rael must testify against the other two suspects.

She faces 12 years when she’s sentenced. She faced 15.


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