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Homicide suspect being held without bond

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Jesus Robles (submitted photo).

A man charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend will remain held without bond pending trial.

Judge James Hudson of New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District Court, granted a motion by the Chaves County District Attorney’s office at a hearing in Roswell Wednesday for the pretrial detention of Jesus Robles, 34, of Roswell.

Robles is charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of felon in possession of a firearm after allegedly shooting Griselda Rascon, 33, of Roswell, once in the head on the night of Oct. 4 at her 800 block of Debra Drive home.

Rascon — who was alive when police arrived at her home — was transported to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center where she died from her wounds. Robles, who was later seen by witnesses leaving the scene, was later found and arrested in Las Cruces on Oct. 9.

The Constitution of the state of New Mexico allows a person to be held without bail up through trial if the prosecuting authority asks for a hearing and can prove through clear and convincing evidence that no conditions of release will reasonably protect other people or the community.

In explaining his decision to grant the motion, Hudson said Robles posed a danger to the community due to his propensity for violence and firearms, and that no conditions of release could keep the public reasonably safe.

Arguing for the state’s motion, Matthew Stone, assistant district attorney for Chaves County, said Rascon has a lengthy criminal record that includes a 2005 conviction for voluntary manslaughter and multiple charges for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Stone said that when the Oct. 4 shooting happened, Robles was still able to get a firearm despite being on probation. He explained that if Robles was able to get a firearm while on probation, there aren’t any conditions of release that could prevent him from doing so again.

Ira Shiflett, defense attorney for Robles, argued against the motion. He stated that Robles has family that reside in Roswell who could support him while he is out on bond and that he would abide by all conditions of release.

The court, Shiflett said, had alternatives to incarceration such as requiring that Robles wear an ankle monitor.

At Wednesday’s hearing, one detective with the Roswell Police Department who was called to Rascon’s residence after the shooting, was the only witness called by the state to provide testimony to the court. The defense did not call any witnesses.

The detective said he later interviewed the victim’s 9-year-old daughter who had been at the house and witnessed the hours-long argument between Robles and Rascon about money and a firearm he had purchased.

The detective said that before Rascon was shot, the daughter ran out of the house to get help from Robles’ cousin, who lived across the street. When the victim’s daughter and Robles’ cousin entered the house, they heard a gunshot. They then saw Roble’s walk out of the bedroom. After exchanging some words with his cousin, Robles then allegedly left the scene, according to the detective.

When Robles was arrested in Las Cruces three days later, the detective said Robles had admitted to him that he had gotten into an argument on the day of the shooting with his girlfriend about him having purchased liquor and a firearm.

The detective said Robles then told him that he had threatened to shoot himself during the argument. Robles added that he had blacked out and admitted to killing Rascon.

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