The Chaves County District Attorney’s Office has filed a motion to keep a suspect in a New Year’s Eve fatal shooting from being released on bond, pending trial.
An expedited motion for the pretrial preventive detention of Eleuterio Andres Juana, 32, was submitted by Matthew Stone, chief deputy district attorney, Friday in New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District Court in Chaves County, according to electronic court records.
The motion states Juana poses a danger to the community and is a flight risk, and therefore, should remain in custody without bond until after his case is tried.
Juana is charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of tampering with evidence in the Dec. 31 shooting death of Jaime Ramirez, 50.
Court documents state Juana shot Ramirez four times in the chest — while the men were talking and drinking alcohol in a 300 block of Sixth Street residence — before fleeing the scene.
The state of New Mexico allows a person charged with a felony to be held without bond, if prosecutors can demonstrate at a hearing, through clear and convincing evidence, that no conditions of release can reasonably ensure the safety of the public.
Electronic court records show that as of Friday, no date for a pretrial detention hearing has been scheduled.
According to the motion, concerns about the danger Juana poses are based on the charges against him, along with the defendant’s personal characteristics and history.
The motion states that a witness who was outside the residence on the night of the shooting later told investigators Juana gets violent when he drinks. Juana was also convicted in 2014 on a charge of aggravated battery, no bodily harm, and the state believes Juana could have an outstanding arrest warrant for battery on a peace officer.
Juana, who was in the country illegally and deported three times previously, has no ties to the United States, and would be unlikely to appear in court as required if released on bond, the motion states.
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