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Psychologist says man accused of murder competent for trial


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A man accused of murder in the first degree is set to have a preliminary examination before a Chaves County Magistrate Judge Wednesday.


Michael Anthony Herrera, 33, was also charged with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and attempted first-degree murder after he turned himself over to authorities two days after the murder of 26-year-old Jared Analla on Sept. 22, 2017.

According to previous reports, the Roswell Police Department had been looking into Herrera as a possible suspect during the investigation.

Police said the body of Analla was found by family members the morning of Sept. 22 inside a home the victim shared with his sister and mother in the 1000 block of West Deming Street.

The RPD’s public information officer, Todd Wildermuth, previously stated that based on their initial examination, investigators believed Analla was murdered.

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“The investigation later led to the discovery that Herrera went to the house intending to shoot his girlfriend and another man Herrera believed was having a relationship with his girlfriend,” Wildermuth said. “However, when Herrera arrived at the house in the mid-afternoon, Analla was the only one home.”

According to an order setting conditions of release, due to Herrera’s charges, criminal history, and safety of the community, no conditions of release could be fashioned to ensure he would return to court.

Herrera remains in custody at the Chaves County Detention Center under no conditions of release.

According to a forensic order from the New Mexico Center for Psychology dated Feb. 7, a licensed psychologist found Herrera competent to stand trial.

The examination is set for Wednesday morning before Magistrate Judge K. C. Rogers.

Herrera is being represented by a public defender.

The 5th Judicial District Attorney’s office will be represented by Chief Deputy DA Emily Fry.

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

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