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Man charged in accidental shooting to be held without bond


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A man accused of accidentally shooting to death his sister while he was visiting her, and while her children were in the house, will remain incarcerated up through his eventual trial per order of a local judge.

Jack Salcido (Submitted Photo)

Jack Salcido, 31, of Roswell, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter; receipt, transportation or possession of a firearm by a certain person, felon; and two counts of child abuse, will be detained without bond while he awaits trial.

“The court believes the danger to the community and the danger, actually to the people the defendant is around, is extremely significant,” Judge James Hudson of New Mexico’s Fifth Judicial District Court said during Thursday’s pretrial detention and concurrent preliminary examination.

At Thursday’s hearing Hudson also determined that probable cause exists to believe Salcido committed the crimes he is charged with and as a result, his case will head to trial.

He added that of particular concern to the court is Salcido’s history of failing to comply with conditions of release and probation. Taina Colon, assistant district attorney who was arguing for Salcido’s continued detention, stated that hours before the incident, Salcido is alleged to have physically assaulted another family member at another location. She added that leading up to Sunday he was already out on conditions of release in a separate case.

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“And there is a history of this type of behavior. More troubling is the defendant’s continued access to alcohol, when he is prohibited from doing that, and his access to a firearm,” he said.

Debra Lautenschlager, Salcido’s attorney, argued that if released, her client had a place to stay, would be willing to wear an ankle monitor and that he might be eligible to take part in a church substance abuse program.

Hudson though said he believed those measures were insufficient to prevent Salcido from reoffending.

The charges against Salcido stem from a shooting shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday night at the home of his sister, Crystal Smith, 35, of Roswell, in the zero block of B Street. Salcido is alleged to have accidentally shot Smith in the neck with a rifle while sitting at the dining room table talking to her. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Gino Basile, Roswell Police Department detective, who appeared as a witness for the prosecution at Thursday’s hearing, said that when he arrived Salcido was still at the scene. A rifle with .40 caliber rounds, as well as beer, vodka and other alcohol were also present.

Smith’s four children, ranging in age from 3 to 14, were also in the home when the incident occurred.

Basile added that he had interviewed Salcido Monday morning and the suspect reportedly said he had accidentally shot Smith and that he had consumed a lot of alcohol on the day of the incident.

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

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