San Juan County, NM – On Tuesday, August 27, 2013, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives obtained and served an arrest warrant for the murder of 29 year-old Brandy Robinson of Farmington. Cody Soto, age 24, of Bloomfield, NM was arrested on the charges of: 1st degree murder, Assault against a household member with intent to commit a violent felony, and two counts of Tampering with evidence.
Robinson’s body was found June 22. 2013. It was located on the Bluffs (the south side of Farmington off Highway 371). Subsequent autopsy revealed she had been stabbed multiple times and her throat had been cut. Soto and Robinson had been dating and living together the months prior to her death. Soto had been arrested June 13, 2013 for domestic violence against Robinson.
During the course of the investigation, Robinson’s Facebook messages were reviewed by investigators. “A message was found where she informed a friend that Soto had told her he would kill her if she ever left him,” said San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Detective Lieutenant Cordell Tanner. “Robinson had moved out of the house they were sharing while Soto was in jail.” Soto was released from jail on June 20, 2013 and Robinson was murdered that night.
Soto was interviewed by detectives and admitted to stabbing Robinson. “He then fabricated a story which involved approximately ten other people attacking and beating Robinson before stabbing her to death,” continued Tanner. “The information involving the multiple other assailants was shown to be false through physical evidence and witness testimony verifying alibis.”
During the course of the investigation, Soto failed to appear for a court appearance related to his domestic violence against Robinson. A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was booked into the San Juan County Detention Center. “A short time later another inmate at the jail contacted detectives and relayed that Soto had admitted to him that he had killed Robinson,” said Tanner.
Detectives took investigative measures and were able to verify Soto was in fact talking to this other inmate about killing Robinson. Detectives spent the next month solidifying the case against Soto before filing charges.
Soto is currently booked into the San Juan County Detention Center on a $500,000 cash only bond.