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Suspect in Dexter stabbing held without bond


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The man arrested and charged in the July 12 stabbing of a farm employee in Dexter will remain in custody.

Jomar Leija-Gomez (Submitted Photo)

Documents filed in New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District Court show that Judge Thomas Lilley, during a hearing in Chaves County Thursday, approved a motion filed by the District Attorney’s Office to keep Jomar Leija-Gomez detained until after his trial or unless otherwise ordered by the court.

In doing so, Lilley determined that evidence presented by the prosecution showed that Leija-Gomez would present a danger if released and that no conditions of release would ensure the safety of the public.

Leija-Gomez is charged with aggravated battery and tampering with evidence after he allegedly stabbed a co-worker on a farm where he worked, fled the scene and then washed the blood off the knife used in the attack.

The victim was transported to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell. Last week Undersheriff Charles Yslas said the victim underwent surgery and is expected to survive.

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Taylor Jaggers, deputy district attorney in New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District, argued in the motion requesting pretrial detention that Leija-Gomez represents a danger to the victim as well as witnesses in the case.

She added in the motion that he had recently moved from Mexico to Dexter and if he was not held without bond, he would be likely to flee back to Mexico.

Leija-Gomez, Jaggers said, is also a flight risk because before the stabbing he used an alias and had given his employer a driver’s license with that name on it.

Not until after the stabbing was Leija-Gomez’s real identity determined, after law enforcement found forms of identification in his wallet, Jaggers said.

Ira Shiflett, Leija-Gomez’s attorney, did not respond to calls or emails for comment before press time Monday.

According to court records, the victim is believed to have been stabbed as part of a dispute over some personal property of Leija-Gomez’s that the victim had disposed of.

On the afternoon of July 12, the victim was driving a pickup truck when, court records state, a white car with two men pulled up to him at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Ojibwa Road.

Court records state the victim later told investigators one of the men, who he initially referred to as “Sebastian,” stabbed him. The suspect was later found on Shoshoni Road in a field, where deputies subsequently learned his true identity.

Leija-Gomez admitted to deputies that he had driven up to the victim and stabbed him, according to court records, but said that he did so in self defense after the victim reportedly hit him with his fists.

He added that after the incident he had taken the knife back to his residence and washed it.

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