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Homicide suspect turns himself in to Chaves County deputies


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A suspect in a Monday shooting that left one man dead turned himself over to Chaves County deputies Friday.


Jorge Luis Villa, 25, of Roswell — who was wanted on an outstanding warrant for first-degree murder, and for a felon in possession of a firearm charge — turned himself in Friday at 10 a.m. at the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, according to a late Friday afternoon post on the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

Villa was wanted as a suspect in the shooting death of Johnathan Carter, 27. Carter died Monday after he was shot in an alley near the intersection of West McGaffey Street and South Richardson Avenue.

Police reports state that Carter was shot twice: once in the lower stomach, about 2 inches below and 1 inch to the left of his naval area, and another in the left leg.

According to the Facebook post by Sheriff Mike Herrington, Villa contacted the Sheriff’s Office and notified them that he wanted to turn himself in to them.

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“I advised Chief Deputy Charles Yslas to make arrangements to make that happen,” Herrington stated.

A short time later, Villa arrived and was taken into custody by deputies.


Villa arrived at the Sheriff’s Office accompanied by a woman wanted on an outstanding warrant for felon in possession of a controlled substance. Herrington later identified the woman as Nicole Sena, 36, of Roswell, who was being sought by Roswell police as a person of interest in Carter’s death.

Both were taken into custody without incident and have since been turned over to the Roswell Police Department.

Court documents show that the state has filed an expedited motion for pretrial preventive detention.

The Constitution of the state of New Mexico states that bail can be denied to a defendant charged with a felony if the prosecuting authority requests a hearing and proves by clear and convincing evidence that no release conditions can reasonably ensure the safety of any other person or the community.

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

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