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Man charged in the death of his mother

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A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his mother last week.

Elijah Medina, 39, of Roswell, was served Wednesday with an arrest warrant on one count each of first-degree murder, willful and deliberate; and tampering with evidence, in connection with the death of 60-year-old Alejandra Medina, according to court documents.

Undersheriff Charles Yslas confirmed Elijah Medina is currently being held at the Chaves County Detention Center. He was being held as a fugitive from justice on a charge of failure to appear in Texas on an assault, bodily injury charge.

Medina will remain held without bond pending an arraignment on the murder and tampering with evidence counts.

Alejandra Medina was found dead Friday in front of her 70 block of Outlaw Trail residence. Court records indicate the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator listed blunt force trauma as the likely cause of death, citing numerous fractures found on her head and body.

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Elijah Medina, who was at the location when deputies arrived Friday at 4:15 a.m., later told authorities he made the 911 call reporting the death after finding his mother dead. After he was taken to the Sheriff’s Office, court records state, Medina said he did not want to “be set up.”

Investigators later learned from relatives, according to court records, that Elijah Medina has a history of serving prison time on assault and battery charges, including incidents against family members.

Court records indicate he had, on a previous occasion in Colorado, faced charges for allegedly battering his mother. Relatives told investigators Alejandra Medina moved to Roswell in an attempt to get away from her son.

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

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