A man wanted in the New Year’s Eve shooting death of another man was found and arrested Thursday night at a Roswell motel.
Eleuterio Andres Juana, 32, was arrested at about 6 p.m. at the Belmont Motel in the 2100 block of West Second Street, according to a press release issued Thursday by the Roswell Police Department.
Juana is in the country illegally and was previously deported three times. He is being held at the Chaves County Detention Center without bond, pending an initial court appearance.
An arrest warrant was issued for Juana Wednesday on one count of first-degree murder and one count of tampering with evidence in connection with the death of Jaime Ramirez, 50, of Roswell.
Police found Ramirez lying face down in a pool of blood in the kitchen of a house in the 300 block of Sixth Street, according to documents filed Thursday in Chaves County Magistrate Court. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Police later found five spent Winchester nickel casings in the kitchen.
Court documents state a loaded chrome magazine along with a wristwatch and a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun were later found by police elsewhere on the property.
A man — referred hereafter as first witness — later questioned by police said he had been drinking and talking with Ramirez and Juana — initially identified as Andres by witnesses — moments before the shooting. He said that he and the other two men, Ramirez and Juana, had not been yelling or arguing.
Court documents state the first witness later told police that shortly before the shooting, he left Ramirez and Juana to look for his dog who had run out the backdoor.
The first witness then came back into the house through the backdoor, walked with his dog over to the doorway to the living room and placed the dog on the floor. When his back was turned, he heard gunshots. Court documents state he did not look back to find out the source of the gunfire. He and a woman, who was in another part of the house, then ran out of the house through the front door. The woman then called 911.
The first witness later told police he did not know of any issues Ramirez and Juana may have had, but that Juana is known to use “crystal” or methamphetamine.
Court documents state the first witness was unsure if Juana was under the influence near the time of the shooting. However, a second witness later told police he had seen Juana earlier in the day on the property acting strange, and that he thought Juana was under the influence of narcotics or alcohol.
After the gunshots rang out, a third individual questioned by police who was in the backyard at the time of the shooting, said that after the shots rang out, he saw Juana walk out the backdoor of the house and over to a trailer also on the property.
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