ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Albuquerque police say a woman was brutally raped before she died and that her alleged killer is in custody.
Police were called out to Emerson Albert's home in the 200 block of Gen. Marshall Street NE early Tuesday morning.
They found the victim dead inside and reported Albert's account of the night kept changing.
Albert told police he was the one who called them to his home because the woman he claimed was his niece was not breathing.
Albert, 64, has now been arrested in the 44-year-old woman's death.
Police found the woman dead in a bedroom in this northeast Albuquerque housing complex.
According to the criminal complaint Albert told police his niece came to his apartment asking for alcohol because she was going through withdrawals.
He told police they drank about a gallon of vodka and then fell asleep in different rooms.
That story fell apart when police found large pools of blood in the apartment.
An autopsy by the Office of the Medical Investigator determined the victim was violently raped and that severe bleeding from the rape caused her death.
Police say Albert admitted to raping the victim whom they now say they do not believe is related to him.
"We're still waiting on more results from OMI including toxicology to determine if she was conscious, if there's any way for us to tell if anything else happened to her or was involved in the incident," Officer Tasia Martinez said. "OMI tells us it was clear she did suffer a brutal and painful death."
APD requested KRQE News 13 not to release the name of the victim as they continue to search for her next-of-kin to make the official death notification.
Albert is facing an open charge of murder and a charge of first degree rape. He's being held on a no-bond hold.
Online records show numerous alcohol-related charges in Albert's past.