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Man held without bond in connection with Jan. 5 shooting

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A local judge has ruled that a man arrested in connection with a recent shooting will remain in custody up through his eventual trial.

Bryan Dillard (Submitted Photo)

Judge Jared Kallunki of New Mexico’s Fifth Judicial District Court on Wednesday granted a motion by the District Attorney’s Office to hold Bryan Dillard, 25, of Roswell, without bond on charges related to a Jan. 5 shooting.

Dillard is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, bribery of a witness, retaliation against a witness, and armed robbery.

Court documents state that on Jan. 5 Dillard and Lorena Beltran, 42, of Roswell, picked up a male acquaintance and took him to a 500 block of West Tilden Street residence where Dillard reportedly robbed the victim at gunpoint of $1,000 before Beltran shot him once in the chest. The victim then fled to a nearby convenience store where police were called.

According to court documents, the victim was alleged to have been robbed and shot in retaliation for cooperating with police in the investigation of another shooting, in which Dillard is a suspect.

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Dillard later denied being with the victim and Beltran the night of the shooting and said he would not do anything to hurt the victim.

Kallunki said the fact that Dillard is a suspect in another case in which the victim is a witness — and that Dillard was allegedly present when that witness was shot on Jan. 5 — were factors in the decision to grant the motion.

“I cannot find that there are conditions of release that could reasonably ensure the safety of another person in the community because Mr. Dillard was obviously aware that he was under investigation at the time that these allegations are said to be carried out,” he said.

Frank Patterson, Dillard’s attorney, said that conditions of release could be crafted to ensure public safety, such as requiring the suspect to wear an ankle bracelet, house arrest and prohibiting him from contacting anyone involved in the case.

The victim, according to court documents and testimony offered at the hearing, said Beltran had picked him up from a friend’s house on South Washington Avenue and that another man, which he later identified as Dillard, was with her.

Beltran then drove them in her 2006 gray Mazda as they attempted to find a hotel where they could go and party, but then opted to go to the 500 block of West Tilden Street residence.

According to court documents, the victim, both suspects and two women who live at the West Tilden Street residence then went into a bedroom, where Dillard allegedly pointed a gun at the back of the victim’s head and demanded that he empty his pockets.

The victim then emptied his pockets of $1,000 in cash, which he was going to use to buy a gun.

Court documents state Dillard and Beltran then made several comments about how the victim had cooperated with police and called him a snitch before Beltran allegedly shot the victim once in the chest.

The victim then managed to run out of the house through the front door and said that while he was running, additional shots were fired. He then ran to a nearby convenience store where he banged on the window and said he had been shot.

Police then arrived at the scene and the victim was taken to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center to receive treatment for his wounds.

According to the court documents, he allegedly told doctors and later police that Beltran had shot him and that Dillard was also there.

When they later searched the West Tilden Street house, police found traces of blood and a .22 caliber round in a bedroom.

Beltran was subsequently charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, bribery or intimidation of a witness, retaliation against a witness, robbery and tampering with evidence, in the case, and is also being held without bond pending the end of her trial.

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