Connie Denio Obituary News: New Mexico man charged in gruesome murder wife on Thanksgiving day had been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD).
62-year-old Karlan Denio of Albuquerque is charged with the murder of his wife, Connie Denio. Karlan is accused of dismembering and disemboweling his wife just hours before they were due to have guests on Thanksgiving Day.
Karlan was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) two years ago, relatives told authorities.
Frontotemporal dementia is an uncommon type of dementia that causes problems with behaviour and language. Those with FTD are more prone to violence and sociopathic behavior, study states.
According to sources, Darin Denio, Karlan’s brother, was the first to arrive at the residence but received no response when he called to enter.
Darin made a call to Tami Pacheco, his sister, who then dialed 911. Darin proceeded to pick up Pacheco after dispatchers informed them that they couldn’t force their way inside the house. When they got back to their brother’s house, they smashed the garage door hinge and went inside.
Inside, they discovered Connie’s dismembered and disemboweled body on the floor close to Karlan’s bed. Pacheco left the house and made another police call.
Karlan was taken to a hospital with cuts to his neck and legs before being detained by police.