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Gregory Valenzuela

Gregory Valenzuela

The Artesia Police Department has released additional information on the violent death that occurred late last evening in the 400 block of Cleveland Avenue.

At 10:17 p.m. Monday, the APD was dispatched to 405 W. Cleveland Ave. after receiving a call from an individual who stated they had arrived at the residence to find a body on the floor. Officers located the male subject, later identified as Adrian Acosta, 48, of Artesia, obviously deceased on the floor with severe trauma to his neck and head, the result of what appeared to be, according to the report, “a violent attack at the hands of another.”

The home was cleared of occupants while a medical investigator pronounced Acosta deceased. An autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday.

The APD proceeded to interview several witnesses, who provided information on, the report states, “a deadly battery (that) occurred after an action was taken against a family member.”

Officers collected several pieces of evidence, including a cutting instrument; blood spatter; clothing; and photographs. The APD reports comparison and analysis of physical and testimonial evidence is ongoing.

Early this morning, the APD took 32-year-old Gregory Valenzuela into custody. According to police, Valenzuela made unsolicited, voluntary statements regarding the incident and was subsequently interviewed. As a result of that interview, Valenzuela was charged with one count of murder and two counts of tampering with evidence. He remains in custody with no bond. A court date has not yet been set.

No other injuries were reported in connection with the incident.

Anyone with further information regarding this crime is asked to contact the APD at 746-5000 or Eddy Country Crime Stoppers at 575-887-1888. Tips may also be emailed to Crime Stoppers at artesianm.gov/tips or by texting the tip plus code word StopACrime to 274637.

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