Trial for Man Accused of Stabbing Clovis Mother Postponed

The trial of a man who allegedly killed a Clovis woman has been postponed. 

Matthew Jennings was indicted in December 2014, for the murder of 23 year old Ariel Ulibarri.

Jennings will have to wait until December of this year to stand trial for the murder of Ulibarri.

Ulibarri was with her six year old son at the Goodwin Lake Trails outside of Clovis when she was stabbed to death.

When Ulibarri’s body was found, Clovis police had trouble finding who committed the crime.

However, because of a 2010 federal law requiring DNA collection of those arrested or charged of a violent felony crime, police were able to identify Jennings. 

Officials say Katie’s Law was the reason why Jennings was able to be identified not long after Ulibarri’s murder

This statute is named Katie’s Law after Katie Sepich.

Sepich was brutally raped and murdered outside of her Las Cruces home in 2003.

The law originally passed in 2010, but New Mexico expanded it in 2011.
After his DNA was allegedly found on the knife used to kill Ulibarri, Jennings allegedly confessed to the homicide.

Police had footage Ulibarri inadvertently took of Jennings while she was hiking.

Police say they also have surveillance video of Jennings leaving the park and going into a nearby RV park.

During Jennings’ plea hearing in January of 2015, he pleaded not guilty, going completely against his alleged confession to Clovis Police.

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