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The jury selection process for a man accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and committing aggravated burglary within a Roswell home took place Tuesday morning in Chaves County District Court.

The state of New Mexico alleges that on Nov. 28, 2015, 41-year-old Enrique Rodriguez broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home at the 1500 block of West Hendricks and dragged her by the hair more than 500 feet east to his own home at 1403 W. Hendricks before beating and aiming a rifle at her.

The jury selection began around 9 a.m. Tuesday, in which prosecutors from the Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office and Rodriguez’s defense attorney, Doug Jones Witt, posed questions to potential jurors.

While most members of the developing jury shared the idea that their personal “scale of justice” was in balance, some did show opposition when informed that both Rodriguez and the victim could potentially be living within the United States illegally.

Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Michael Thomas and assistant DA Matthew Stone coordinated with Witt and Chaves County District Judge Dustin K. Hunter for almost three hours to finalize a fair, 12-person jury for Rodriguez.

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The court was recessed for lunch before noon. Opening arguments are set for this afternoon.

Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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