Couple Facing Charges In 2 Boarding Home Deaths

Apr 2, 2014

A couple who ran a Las Vegas-area boarding home is facing criminal charges after two residents died from carbon monoxide poisoning in a backyard shed last year.

State Police say 47-year-old Jose Encinias and his 41-year-old wife Denise A. Encinias are being held on $20,000 cash bond apiece on suspicion of two counts of neglect of a resident resulting in death.

They say Jose Encinias also is facing a misdemeanor count of installing a gas heater without a license and not having the installation inspected or certified.

The Las Vegas Optic reports the charges were filed Friday in San Miguel County Magistrate Court.

Authorities say 56-year-old Cochise Bayhan and 61-year-old Alex Montoya died inside the shed last Oct. 24.

The men were former New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute patients.

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