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Arrest made in 2019 deadly shooting

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An arrest was made Wednesday in a nearly two-year-old Chaves County homicide.

Robert Lee Moody (Submitted Photo)

Robert Lee Moody, 52, of Roswell, was arrested Wednesday night on an outstanding warrant on one count of first-degree murder, willful and deliberate, after detectives had obtained the warrant earlier in the day, Sheriff Mike Herrington wrote Thursday in a post on the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

“The attorney for Robert Moody was contacted by phone and advised the warrant had been issued and Robert Moody turned himself into deputies without incident,” Herrington stated in the post.

According to court documents, Moody faces the charge in connection with the May 2, 2019 fatal shooting of Bobby Nunez, 43, in the 600 block of Meadow Brook Drive. Moody had been identified by the sheriff’s office as a person of interest in the days after the shooting, but had not been formally charged until Wednesday.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the address at about 7 a.m. on May 2, 2019 after Nunez, who had done work for Moody, was shot twice: once in the left temple and once in the left side of the forehead.

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Nunez was transported to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 8:02 a.m.

According to court records, Moody called 911 after the shooting, claiming that a man who had been working for him for four and a half years came onto his property and tried to kill him in his driveway.

When questioned by a detective with the sheriff’s office, court records state Moody said that before the shooting he was getting ready for work when Nunez arrived at the house and parked in front of the gate and blocked the driveway.

Nunez, Moody said, was angry and digging around in his vehicle when he showed up. He added that Nunez kept telling Moody to come outside a latched gate that was on his property, something he refused to do.

Court documents state Moody said he was walking away when he heard the latch on the gate open, and Nunez threaten to kill him before charging at him. Moody then took a .38 caliber pistol from his front pocket and fired at Nunez. Later Moody said he did not see a gun in Nunez’s hand at the time of the shooting.

Investigators later learned in an interview with Nunez’s girlfriend and other people that the victim and Moody frequently argued over money. She added that she believed Moody owed Nunez more than $100,000 for work done, according to court records.

Nunez’s girlfriend said the day of the shooting he told her he was going to collect his belongings from Moody and cease doing business with him.

Moody’s wife later told deputies that Moody and Nunez had been engaged in a heated argument the night before.

When speaking with detectives, Moody denied owing Nunez any money, court documents state.

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

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