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Man pleads not guilty to charges in accidental shooting


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A man charged with the accidental shooting death of his sister while at her home in Roswell has pleaded not guilty to four criminal counts.

Jack Salcido (Submitted Photo)

Electronic court records state that at an arraignment Monday in New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District Court, 33-year-old Jack Salcido of Roswell waived a reading of charges and entered a formal plea of not guilty to one count each of involuntary manslaughter and receipt, transportation or possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon. He also pleaded not guilty to two counts of child abuse.

Salcido is alleged to have accidentally shot to death his sister, Crystal Smith, 35, of Roswell, with a .40 caliber rifle on the evening of Feb. 23 while inside her zero block of B Street residence in south Roswell.

Smith’s four children, who range in age from 3 to 14 years old, were also in the house at the time but were not injured.

When police arrived, they found Smith on the floor. Smith was later pronounced dead on the scene. Salcido was subsequently taken into police custody for questioning.

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Detective Gino Basile of the Roswell Police Department, who was on the scene the night of the incident, later testified at a hearing that the .40 caliber rifle was in the house when he arrived, along with copious amounts of beer, vodka and other alcohol.

Because of his status as a convicted felon who was on probation, Salcido was prohibited from possessing a firearm.

According to court documents, Salcido, when questioned by police, told them he was so intoxicated at the time of the shooting he did not know he was aiming the gun at Smith.

Salcido is currently being held without bond while awaiting trial.

According to court documents, District Judge Dustin K. Hunter, at Monday’s arraignment, scheduled Salcido’s jury trial for Sept. 14.

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

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