Death – Man facing charges in death of toddler now accused of killing woman

Death – Obituary

  • Jaden Ortega, 21, was charged on Jan. 7 with a first-degree felony count of murder and a third-degree felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to court records.
  • A witness told investigators that Jaden Ortega told him he killed Julie Harris in late July by fatally shooting her.
  • Ortega is accused of child abuse in the Feb. 4 drowning death of his toddler son Santo Ortega, who was found dead in a bathtub of a Farmington apartment.

FARMINGTON — The Farmington man accused of child abuse in his son’s drowning death is now accused of shooting and killing a woman inside a residence northwest of Aztec.

A witness told investigators that Jaden Ortega told him he killed Julie Harris in late July with a gun that Ortega is later seen posing with in a Snapchat photo, a weapon he later tried to sell for $400.

Ortega, 21, was charged on Jan. 7 with a first-degree felony count of murder and a third-degree felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to court records.

Ortega is accused of killing Harris in the early hours of July 30 at a residence on County Road 3086, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, which handled the investigation, issued a news release on Jan. 7 announcing the charges against Ortega.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.