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Las Cruces man expected to plead guilty in 2011 death

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A prosecutor says a young man is expected to plead guilty to a murder charge in the February 2011 death of a Las Cruces man in what authorities said was a botched attempt at revenge.

Prosecutor Jacinto Palomino tells the Las Cruces Sun-News that 18-year-old Johnny Ray Vallejos is set to plead guilty to second-degree murder and five other charges on Monday in the death of 57-year-old Julian Pena Sr.

Authorities say Pena was fatally shot in an unsuccessful attempt at revenge for the earlier death of Onate High football player Jerry Zamarripa.

Police say one of the men who sought revenge opened fire on wrong trailer home and killed Pena.

Vallejos would face up to 29 years in prison.

 

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Woman Charged with Murder after Running Over Boyfriend

Woman Charged with Murder after Running Over Boyfriend

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A woman is charged with running over and killing her boyfriend early Wednesday morning.

 

Annette Larson Fuschini, 38, has been charged with an open count of murder and aggravated driving while intoxicated.

 

Police responded to the incident where Fuschini’s boyfriend, Carlos Nevarez Jr. was transported to Mountain View Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. It was Nevarez’s 42 birthday today.

 

Nevarez was found on the side of 2935 N. Main Street unresponsive with multiple injuries. A noticeably intoxicated Fuschini was attempting to revive Nevarez but was relieved by the first- responding officer.

 

Detectives learned that Fuschini and Nevarez were at a friend’s home Tuesday evening and consuming alcohol.

NM man accused of threatening neighbor with knife

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A Las Cruces man is in custody for allegedly threatening a female neighbor with a knife.

Police say 73-year-old Alberto Miranda is being held on suspicion of one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Las Cruces police detectives say Miranda allegedly was armed with a large knife and approached his neighbor's apartment Saturday morning and then threatened to harm the woman.

Witnesses told police that Miranda allegedly tried to gain entry into the woman's apartment while yelling obscenities at her.

Police say the woman wasn't injured.

He's been booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center with his bond set at $5,000.

Police didn't immediately know Tuesday if Miranda has a lawyer yet.

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NM youth's trial delayed in dad's fatal shooting

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) - The trial of an Albuquerque youth charged with murder in the shooting death of his father on a southwestern New Mexico hunting trip is being delayed.

The Silver City Sun-News reports that defense attorney Stacy Ward says a key witness isn't available to testify in July when the trial of Thomas Manning had been scheduled.

The judge presiding over the case in District Court in Silver City has erased the trial date in July but hasn't yet a new date.

Manning is now 18 years old. He was on a hunting trip to the Gila National Foest in November 2010 when he allegedly shot Jeffrey Manning in the back of his head.

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Police investigate possible homicide in Vaughn

The small town of Vaughn, located southwest of Santa Rosa, might be dealing with its first murder in years.

New Mexico State Police are investigation a suspicious death that happened in the middle of the day.

Officers were called to the house on the corner of 5th and Goins in Vaughn shortly after 2 p.m.

Officers went into the house, saw a body inside and called in the investigations bureau.

State police were at the house late into Monday night waiting on a search warrant to enter the house again.

Neighbors can hardly believe it.

"I've lived here in Vaughn all my life and it's shocking," said Angie Medina.

The modest house located in the middle of Vaughn could be the scene of a suicide or a murder.

"That's pretty scary to know there could be some murderer running around in Vaughn just a few houses down from us,” said Trent Spencer.

Judge clears Las Cruces Police in shooting

 

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A federal judge has cleared the Las Cruces Police Department of liability in the 2010 death of a samurai sword-wielding man who shot and killed by a Las Cruces Police officer.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports U.S. Magistrate Judge Gregory B. Wormuth ruled Thursday that officer Horacio Rivera did not use excessive force or act negligently when he shot Lance Hummell to death in June 2010. The officer said he shot Hummel, a 23-year-old known as "Lizard Man," after he  pulled the 4-foot sword and lunged at him.

Hummell's family had sought $14 million in a wrongful death suit alleging the city was liable for not providing adequate training for LCPD officers.

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