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Two suspects arrested in 2018 homicide


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Chaves County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two suspects Tuesday in a nearly three-year-old homicide investigation.

Paisley Terry (Submitted Photo)

Paisley Terry, 40, and Manuel D. Veleta, 28, were each arrested sometime between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at their respective residences in Roswell, Undersheriff Charles Yslas said Wednesday.

Terry and Veleta are charged with one count each of first-degree murder, willful and deliberate; murder in the first degree, willful and deliberate, conspiracy resulted in death; tampering with evidence; and conspiracy to tamper with evidence, according to court documents filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court Wednesday.

Terry also faces additional charges of aggravated battery and kidnapping in the case.

Both Terry and Veleta are charged in connection with the March 8, 2018 death of Garland Troy Berg, 49, at a 600 block of Old Dexter Highway residence in Midway, where Terry lived at the time. Yslas said the arrests were part of a longtime investigation.

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According to court documents, one of several people who allegedly saw Berg fatally shot in the living room of the Midway residence contacted deputies later that day.

Manuel Veleta (Submitted Photo)

The witness who reported the crime took a deputy to the Old Dexter Highway residence and led the deputy to a white Chevrolet Malibu on the property, where Berg’s body was found in the passenger seat.

When taken in for questioning by deputies on March 9, 2018, Valeta invoked his right to not talk to deputies or detectives. When Terry was interviewed, she denied that she had any involvement with Berg’s death.

The court documents state additional witnesses gave further information, and further evidence in the case was obtained through mobile phone records, as well as an SD card that allegedly included audio and video recordings in which Terry was recorded talking and admitting to the shooting.

Electronic court records state that the District Attorney’s Office for New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District has filed motions to hold both suspects in pretrial detention pending trial.

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

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