Hobbs Couple Facing Voluntary Manslaughter Charges

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

No murder charge for two people in connection with the death of a Carlsbad woman, but they're not out of the woods.

31-year-old Kaci Easter and 34-year-old Billy Maples of Carlsbad are charged with voluntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence, and false imprisonment.

Police tell us, Easter called them about a body inside the garage of a Hobbs home.

After checking it out, officers found 26-year-old Jennifer Cox's body.

They tell us Maples was inside the house at the time.

When police went to question him, a standoff started, but eventually Maples was arrested.

Investigators say all three people knew each other and methamphetamines were involved.