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Man pleads not guilty to August shooting


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A man who faces charges in connection with an August shooting that left one man wounded pled not guilty to four charges at his arraignment in the Fifth District Judicial Court Monday.

Thomas Dellavecchio, 42, of Roswell, pled not guilty to four charges: false imprisonment, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm or a destructive device by a felon and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Dellavecchio is one of four individuals who faces charges in an Aug. 29 shooting at a 1614 South Washington Street residence, where one man was shot in the face, allegedly held by Dellavecchio and three other people against his will and then later dropped off at an area hospital.

Jessica Tarleton, 34 — the owner of the house where the shooting happened — along with David Clements, 30, and Veronica Perez, 32, have all faced charges in relation to the shooting.

Imad Awad, of the Chaves County District Attorney’s office, said that the three other suspects have pleaded not guilty.

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At a preliminary examination last month in Chaves County Magistrate Court, the victim testified that he was at Tarleton’s house Aug. 29 after she contacted him and asked him to come over.

The victim told the prosecution that Clements and Dellavecchio approached him while in the living room, each holding a gun. A shot was then fired that struck the victim in the right jaw and exited his neck.

The victim said that he did not recall which gun the bullet came from, but that both men and the two females prevented him from leaving the house.

He said Clements told him not to say anything about the shooting “or we will come back and finish the job.”

Later that day, after the victim was dropped off at the hospital, Perez, Tarleton and Clements were arrested.

A warrant was issued days later for Dellavecchio, who was found and arrested in late October.

Dellavecchio, Clements and Tarleton are all being held without bond at the Chaves County Detention Center. Perez was released on her own recognizance in August.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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