Tucumcari homicide suspect also wanted in Ohio

Freedom New Mexico

A man charged in two recent Tucumcari homicides is also wanted in connection with two homicides in Ohio, according to state police.

Muziwokuthula “Muzie” S. Madonda is charged with two open counts of murder and tampering with evidence connected to the March 24 shooting deaths of Gabriel Baca, 37, and Bobby Gonzales, 57.

Madonda was identified Friday as a suspect in connection with the February deaths of Jackie Hider of Akron, Ohio, and Zenzele Mdadane, a South Africa native who was acquainted with Madonda, according to a state police press release.

The 33-year-old Chicago resident was arrested March 28 in Conroe, Texas, and has waived extradition back to New Mexico, police have said.

Police said Madonda was renting a hotel room next to Baca and Gonzales at the Tucumcari Inn, where they were found fatally shot.

The two men were discovered by Gonzales’ brother after the two had been missing since March 20 — the same day Madonda checked out of his room, court records show.

Following the homicide, police worked with Madonda’s former employer to attract him to the Houston area with a job offer.

Officers noted in court records that through communication with the former supervisor, Madonda indicated he knew his picture was on television and the Internet, and asked for help obtaining fake identification and burning items in his possession.

Madonda forwarded the supervisor a message stating “those amigoz thought they were smart, I wil tel you more in person bos,” according to court records.