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Jennifer McKee and Ashlee Gurule: N.M. women charged with murder after high-speed car chase, body found in trunk

Jennifer McKee and Ashlee Gurule
Jennifer McKee and Ashlee Gurule

(CBS/AP) BELEN, N.M. - New Mexico police say two women who led them on a high-speed car chase are facing murder charges for killing a 51-year-old man they were transporting in the trunk of the vehicle. 

According to court records, 18-year-old Jennifer McKee and 20-year-old Ashlee Gurule have been charged with the murder of Maurice Gonzales.

CBS affiliate KRQE reports McKee and Gurule confessed to stabbing Gonzales to death in his home Friday morning then stealing his car, police say.

According to a criminal complaint, the girls were "tired of being homeless and decided they needed a car."

KRQE reports that McKee told detectives they offered Gonzales sex and pre-planned to murder him for his car. A 16-year-old girl who allegedly was also involved reportedly told police she knew about the plot but was dropped off at a nearby McDonald's restaurant because she didn't want to be part of it.

Authorities said the 16-year-old was picked up by McKee and Gurule after they killed Gonzales. KQRE reports they were allegedly on their way to dump the body when an officer stopped them for going too slow, and in an attempt to get away they set off a high-speed car chase, but were soon caught.

McKee and Gurule face murder charges while the 16-year-old faces conspiracy charges.