John Hovey Teen Killer Murders Parents In New Mexico

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John Hovey was sixteen when he murdered his parents. According to court documents John Hovey would sneak into his parents bedroom and would open fire killing his parents. This teen killer would be sentenced to life in prison however he was not done killing yet. This teen killer thought a paraplegic inmate was telling on him so he stabbed the inmate over two hundred times and would receive yet another life sentence.

John Hovey 2019 Information

Last Name: HOVEY
First Name: JOHN
Middle Name: RAYMOND
NMCD#: 34833
Offender#: 10056
Offender Status: INMATE
Facility/Region:NMCD CUSTODY

MURDER 1ST DEGREE (D-202-CR-38516)GUILTY PLEA
CON MURDER 1ST DEGREE (D-1314-CR-98-00179)GUILTY-JURY
MURDER 1ST DEGREE (D-1314-CR-98-00179)GUILTY-JURY
TAMPERING W/EVIDENCE (D-1314-CR-98-00179)GUILTY-JURY

MURDER, FIRST DEGREE (CR 38516) Release Date: 99999999

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 As troubled kids go, Johnny Hovey was one of the worst.

So troubled that his mother confided in friends and relatives and a probation officer that she wondered whether he was possessed by the devil, that she thought his hobby of making lifelike corpses and other gruesome props was disturbing, that she feared one day he would kill her.

That last concern proved prophetic.

Before dawn on June 19, 1984, at the family home on Valley Park SW, the 16-year-old Hovey crept into his parents’ bedroom clad only in underwear and his thick, oversized glasses and opened fire.

His father, Raymond Hovey, 36, was shot twice. It took five shots and several hours to kill his mother.

“My son, John Hovey, shot us,” Nancy Hovey, 37, told the first Albuquerque police officer to arrive. “Get him before I die.”

The case of Johnny Hovey was extensively covered by the local news media, the photo of the skinny kid with bushy hair and big glasses a near-constant presence on the front pages for months.

Hovey, as the testimony goes, had a knack for making grotesque mannequins and bloody props, including a decomposing, bloody-eyed corpse he named Susan and rolled about the house in his grandmother’s wheelchair.

His mother had gotten rid of the props. That, one relative testified, was something Johnny Hovey could not forgive.

He was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in June 1986. A month later, he was sentenced to two consecutive life terms.

Court records show that Hovey was initially transferred to an Oregon prison, then returned. He had also been transferred and returned more than once to a Florida prison (a location he fought hard to be removed from, according to court documents) and one in Washington.

In 1997, an escape plan he is accused of masterminding while incarcerated in New Mexico was thwarted. In 1998, he was accused of stabbing a paraplegic inmate 230 times in New Mexico, and in 2000 he was given an additional life sentence plus 16 years.

That’s the last the public heard about Hovey.

Earlier this month, Roman Garcia of Omnibus Investigations of Santa Fe contacted me about the Hovey case. He had been the initial defense investigator for Hovey, he said, and while cleaning out files, he had come across a document he thought Hovey might want. He didn’t specify what the document was.

He tried to locate Hovey on the state Department of Corrections website but found nothing. A Department of Corrections employee he spoke with told him she could find no record of Hovey’s ever having been in the New Mexico prison system.

“I reminded her the he got escape charges, filed a tort claim against (the prison warden), had habeas actions and even killed another prisoner while incarcerated,” Garcia said in an email. “Her refrain: ‘Oh, really? He was never here.’ ”

It’s as if Hovey had never existed.

It may seem that way to the public when an inmate is transferred out of or into New Mexico to serve out a prison sentence through an interstate compact.

“It can be difficult for not only the survivor but the family of the inmate in that often they are not sure when or where an inmate might be taken out of state,” said Joan Shirley, victim advocate for the Resource Center for Victims of Violent Death.

Currently, 76 inmates convicted in New Mexico are incarcerated out of state, while 83 inmates from out of state are serving their time in New Mexico facilities, said Alex Tomlin, public affairs director for the Department of Corrections.

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Defendant John Hovey was sixteen years old at the time his parents were shot and *514 killed in their home on June 19, 1984. The father died immediately, but defendant’s mother lived for several hours after the shooting. When police and medical teams arrived on the scene, she told them her son had shot her. Defendant presented an alibi defense, and his sister Karen testified she saw a dark shadowy figure, much bigger than John, in the parents’ bedroom pointing a gun. Defendant was convicted on two counts of first degree murder and was sentenced to two consecutive life terms


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