Pueblo man charged with murder refutes Oklahoma Highway Patrol stories

CLEVELAND, Okla. (KRDO) – A Pueblo man accused of taking Oklahoma Highway Patrol in pursuit of a stolen truck and destroying the vehicle, killing two Puebloans, now claims he wasn’t even driving the truck in the first place.

Alex Carpenter, 30, is currently facing a single murder charge, an evasion charge from authorities and an unauthorized use of a vehicle charge. The suspect is currently being held at the Cleveland County Detention Center in Oklahoma on $3 million bail.

In court documents obtained by 13 InvestigationsCarpenter asks the Oklahoma justice system to dismiss his murder charge and let him out of jail immediately.

The Puebloan says the Oklahoma Highway Patrol accounts in the probable cause affidavit to charge Carpenter with murder are “incomplete and inaccurate.”

On the evening of August 15, Oklahoma State Troopers initiated a traffic stop for a stolen Ford Ranger in Oklahoma City.

Three people from Pueblo were inside the truck: Carpenter, his wife Mercedes Martinez and Ethan Mestas.

According to the patrolman in pursuit, Carpenter was believed to be behind the wheel. The patrolman carried out a tactical intervention of the vehicle on the highway, which caused the truck to turn and roll.

Mestas died at the scene, while Carpenters’ wife was taken to an area hospital in critical condition. Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirmed with 13 Investigations that Martinez died of her injuries on September 1.

After being charged with first degree murder in connection with Mestas’ death, Carpenter filed a motion to dismiss. In the handwritten letter to the presiding judge and the Cleveland County prosecutor, Carpenter alleges Mestas was the driver and would not stop when he and his wife begged him to stop.

“For some unknown reason, Ethan sped up and did not stop,” Carpenter wrote in his affidavit. “My wife and I yelled and kept yelling at him to stop and stop, but he kept driving and kept saying no.”

Carpenter makes no mention of the theft of the vehicle, but he was charged with vehicle theft after the crash. The defendant says Highway Patrol is playing a “guessing game” to find out who was actually driving.

The Mestas family recounts 13 Investigations that Carpenter is lying about who was driving on August 15. They say Carpenter picked up Mestas in the Ford Ranger from his home in Pueblo before leaving for Oklahoma.

They believe Carpenter is trying to avoid multiple murder charges by blaming Mestas who is unable to defend himself.

It is unclear whether Carpenter will be charged in connection with his wife’s death.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol declined to comment. Carpenter’s next court appearance in Oklahoma is scheduled for later this month.

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