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Suspect to remain held without bond in shooting

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The suspect in a drive-by shooting last month in which a 20-year-old man was shot in the back will remain incarcerated while awaiting trial.

Judge Thomas Lilley of New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District Court on Monday granted a motion requested by the Office of the District Attorney to hold Jerry John Barrera Jr., 36, of Roswell in pretrial detention until the conclusion of his eventual trial or unless otherwise ordered by the court.

Court documents state Barrera faces one count each of shooting at or from a motor vehicle; aggravated battery; and firearms or destructive devices, receipt, transportation or possession by a felon.

Barrera is accused of shooting a 20-year-old man in the back Feb. 7 at 9 a.m. at the intersection of South Richardson Avenue and West Deming Street. Court records state Barrera was driving along South Richardson Avenue in a blue vehicle when he allegedly opened fire on the victim, who was walking down the street. The victim was hospitalized for about a month while receiving treatment for his injuries.

A dispute between the victim and suspect over a Playstation 4 is believed to be the motive for the shooting.

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In their motion for pretrial detention, the District Attorney’s Office cited the weight evidence in the case as a reason to hold Barrera.

That evidence, according to court documents, includes the victim reportedly identifying the shooter using a nickname similar to that of Barrera and an eyewitness who identified a vehicle registered to Barrera as the vehicle in the shooting.

Barrera’s lengthy criminal history including charges of criminal sexual penetration, kidnapping, possession of a controlled substance, and a long record of failure to comply with court orders was described in the motion as grounds for holding Barrera without bond.

No defense attorney was listed in electronic court records as representing Barrera as of press time Tuesday.

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

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