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APD arrests suspects in 2020 murder over Social Security benefits

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2023

ALBUQUERQUE – APD detectives arrested James Bradley and Beverly Robinson-Bradley tonight for the 2020 in connection with the murder of Peggy Meyer in Northeast Albuquerque.


Bradley, now 55, is accused of murdering Meyer on March 20, 2020, dumping her body in a remote area of Santa Fe County, and using her identity to receive her Social Security benefits over several months when nobody knew Meyer was missing. 


Beverly Robinson-Bradley, now 48, is accused of helping Bradley to dispose of the remains of Meyer.


Meyer was living with James Bradley and Beverly Robinson-Bradley at a home at 4811 Comanche Rd., N.E. James Bradley was married to Beverly Robinson-Bradley at the time police learned Meyer had died.


Deputies with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched on March 23, 2020 to a remote area where a ranch foreman discovered the remains of a body. The female appeared to have trauma to her head and SFCSO started a homicide investigation.


The Social Security Office eventually started its own investigation after learning that benefits continued to be deposited for nearly a year after her death into a joint account that belonged to Meyers and James Bradley. Beverly Robinson-Bradley eventually admitted to the investigator that James Bradley killed Meyers with a golf club. She said she went with James Bradley to the mountains to dispose of the body.


After learning the murder occurred at the home in Albuquerque, Santa Fe detectives turned the case over to APD homicide detectives. Detectives interviewed James Bradley, who denied killing her. Detectives executed a search warrant of the home and found blood evidence in the hallway. Cell phones were also taken into evidence.


Eventually, a Cold Case liaison at APD examined the evidence from the phones and documentation from the Social Security Office investigation, which led to additional discoveries about Beverly Robinson-Bradley transferring the title to a vehicle owned by Meyers to herself in June 2020. Detectives later matched the tire tracks found at the scene where Meyers was located with the vehicle Robinson-Bradley was driving. DNA evidence also linked James Bradley to the blood found in the home. Evidence from the cell phones also revealed text messages with other individuals about the murder.


APD Homicide detectives secured an arrest warrant on Feb. 13, 2023, for James Bradley, charging him with an open count of murder, tampering with evidence, and conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence. Beverly Robinson-Bradley is charged with tampering with evidence and conspiracy to tamper with evidence.