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Man arrested in 2014 murder case


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Others remain under investigation in homicide case of Fabian Ward Jr.

A Roswell man was arrested Monday for the 2014 murder of Fabian Ward Jr., who police said was shot multiple times and whose body left in the middle of a road in Midway.

At least two other persons of interest remain under investigation in the case.

Tomas Vincent Aguilar-Sanchez, 24, was arrested Monday on an outstanding warrant and charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, tampering with evidence and being an accessory to the crime.

On Dec. 1, 2014, at about 5:30 a.m., the body of 21-year-old Ward was discovered lying in the middle of No Name Road in Midway, southeast of Roswell. Police have said Ward was driven to the intersection of No Name and Phoenix roads sometime in the early morning hours and shot multiple times. Police said upon arrival, deputies were able to determine that Ward was a homicide victim who had been killed at the location and left lying in the middle of No Name Road.

Chaves County Sheriff Britt Snyder said in a news release issued Monday afternoon the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office has been actively investigating the homicide since the murder occurred. The sheriff said Aguilar-Sanchez was identified as a subject involved in the murder and was booked in the Chaves County Detention Center Monday morning, with no bond at the time.

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In June 2015, murder charges against two men, Angel and Domingo Martinez, who were cousins of Ward, were dismissed after a key witness in the case changed his testimony at a preliminary hearing.

Snyder told the Daily Record Monday afternoon that Angel and Domingo Martinez remain under investigation and charges against them could be refiled.

“I wouldn’t call them suspects, persons of interest might be a good way to describe them,” the sheriff said. “Anytime you have a conspiracy charge, it means there’s at least two people. It takes at least two people to make a conspiracy — you can’t conspire with nobody.”

Snyder said the Roswell Police Department assisted the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office in locating and arresting Aguilar-Sanchez.

“I again want to thank my detectives and deputies for all their hard work to try and bring those responsible for the murder of Fabian Ward II to justice,” Snyder said.

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