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Man pleads not guilty in 2019 fatal shooting


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A local man has pleaded not guilty to one count of second-degree murder in connection with a 2019 fatal shooting.

Taylor Jaggers, deputy district attorney for New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District and a prosecutor in the case, confirmed that Robert Lee Moody, 52, of Roswell, waived a reading of charges and pleaded not guilty Monday to the second-degree murder charge during an arraignment in Chaves County.

Moody turned himself over to Chaves County sheriff’s deputies in April on an outstanding arrest warrant for first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 42-year-old Bobby Nunez of Roswell.

Jaggers on Monday declined to say why the state amended the charge to a lesser count of second-degree murder. Michael Gomez, Moody’s attorney, said Monday that his client acted in self defense when he shot Nunez.

Moody, according to court records, is accused of shooting Nunez twice in the head with a .38 caliber pistol in the early morning hours of May 2, 2019 at Moody’s 600 block of Meadowbrook Drive residence. Though alive when deputies arrived, Nunez later died from his wounds at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center.

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At an April 13 hearing, Travis Hardy, a detective with the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office and investigator in the case, testified that Moody told investigators Nunez came to his property that morning angry, unlatched the gate leading onto his property and threatened to shoot him.

Hardy testified Moody later told investigators that Nunez then charged at him, and that is when Moody shot him.

Court documents state relatives of Nunez said Moody owed Nunez money and that the two men, who had been working together for four and a half years, frequently argued. When questioned by police, court records state that Moody denied that he owed Nunez any money.

Moody is now out on $20,000 bond pending trial. Jaggers said Monday that Judge James Hudson set Moody’s trial in the matter for November.

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

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