CARLSBAD, NM (KWES) - The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Euless man found guilty of first degree murder back in May 2015.
The decision was made on Thursday.
In March of 2015, Robert Earley, 36, of Euless, was found guilty on charges including first degree murder, tampering with evidence and kidnapping.
The incident took place back in March of 2014 when authorities said Earley struck Emily Lambert in a hotel room at the Stevens Inn.
That's when, authorities said, he dragged her body to her car and transported her to a remote area outside of Carlsbad on County Road 31.
Police said Earley struck Lambert with an air pump multiple times, placed a rope around her neck and dragged her body with his car. He then left the area and discarded items used in the commission of the crime.
Earley also reported her missing to family and friends and filed a missing person's report with police.
Authorities said the investigation led to Earley's confession to the crime and he led authorities to the location of Lambert's body.
Earley was sentenced to a life sentence without parole.
We're told this is the first capital murder case in New Mexico to be tried and convicted since New Mexico repealed the death penalty in 2009.