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Suspect in Friday shooting arrested

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Roswell police have charged a local man with first degree murder in the shooting death of a woman.

Alessandro Alva (Submitted Photo)

Alessandro Alva, 20, of Roswell, was charged for the shooting of Jennifer Morro, 40, of Roswell. The shooting happened at about 10:50 p.m. Friday in the 2100 block of West Second Street, according to a news release issued by the Roswell Police Department late Monday.

As of Monday, Alva was still being held at the Chaves County Detention Center without bond, the release states.

According to an affidavit filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court, Morro was found Friday lying in the drive of a car wash after being shot once in the neck. Police identified Morro at the scene. She was then transported to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, where she died from her wounds.

The release states Chaves County deputies, at 5:45 p.m. Sunday, discovered a white Ford F-150 pickup truck in a parking lot outside the Saddlecreek Apartments, in the 1900 block of south Sunset Avenue. It matched one that was spotted by witnesses and caught on surveillance video at the location of the shooting.

The pickup was sitting and idling in the parking lot with no one nearby when it was found. Deputies approached the pickup and found several boxes of ammunition in the pickup, and what appeared to be a .22 caliber rifle on the back floorboard of the vehicle, according to the affidavit.

A man — later identified as Alva — then walked up to the deputies and identified himself as the owner of the pickup, the release states.

Roswell police investigators were later contacted and questioned Alva at the location. He was then transported to the Roswell Police Department and interviewed further.

Investigators with the Roswell Police Department believe Alva was driving the Ford F-150 Friday night, and Morro had been in the passenger seat, when the pickup pulled over at the 2100 block and Morro got out. After she exited the vehicle on the north side of West Second Street, she walked across the street to a car wash.

According to the release, there may have been some type of verbal altercation before the pickup stopped and Morro exited.

The pickup then sped away, but returned five minutes later, heading east on West Second. Investigators believe that at least one gunshot that struck Morro was fired from the pickup before the truck drove away.

Alva when later questioned by police denied he had shot Morro, the release states. He told police that he had seen her walking along East Second Street near Garden Avenue and stopped to pick her up and give her a ride.

He told police that Morro seemed distressed when she got into the pickup, and that Morro asked him what he wanted and he told her that he was giving her a ride, according to the affidavit. Alva said he told Morro he was taking her to Allsup’s on West Second Street and Sycamore Avenue to get her a burrito.

Alva told police Morro informed him she was not allowed in Allsup’s and asked him to pull over and let her out. She got out of the pickup and then he drove away.

The affidavit states that when questioned by police, Alva denied he had returned to the scene after he dropped her off, but later admitted that he did come back after driving around the block to see that she was all right.

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