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Second Street shooting suspect pleads not guilty

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Alessandro Alva (Submitted Photo)

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A man suspected in the shooting death of a woman back in July pleaded not guilty Monday to one charge of first-degree murder, willful and deliberate.

The plea was entered by the attorney of Alessandro Alva, 20, of Roswell, at an arraignment in 5th Judicial District Court.

Alva was charged in connection with the shooting death of Jennifer Morro, 40, of Roswell.

He is alleged to have encountered Morro in a parking lot on East Second Street when he offered and she accepted a ride in his white Ford F-150 pickup, according to court documents.

Later, Alva stopped the truck at 2100 W. Second St. and let the woman out at her request. The pickup then sped away. Court documents state eyewitnesses at the time then later reported the pickup came back and approached Morro before she was shot.

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Alva was later tied to the scene a few days after the shooting, when Chaves County Sheriff’s deputies spotted a white pickup sitting and idling outside an apartment on Sunset Avenue that matched the description provided to police by eyewitnesses and surveillance camera footage.

As deputies came closer to the pickup, they noticed several boxes of ammunition and what appeared to be a .22 caliber rifle in the truck.

A man later identified as Alva then walked up to the deputies inspecting the pickup and admitted the vehicle was his.

When questioned by police, Alva later admitted to giving Morro a ride in her truck and dropping her off on West Second Street before driving away, but denied shooting her. He said he had come back to the scene about five minutes after he had left to check up on Morro.

In August, Judge Thomas Lilley of the 5th Judicial Court Division II granted a petition by the state to keep Alva in state custody pending trial, stating that he could not find any clear and convincing evidence that any conditions of release could be placed on Alva to reasonably ensure the safety of the community.

Alva’s jury trial is scheduled for some time in early February.

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