Published: 2:46 pm, Wed. Mar. 29th, 2017Updated: 2:45 pm
The first of three suspects arrested for their roles in the March 5 murder of a Roswell man has been bound over to district court for trial.
Shabriel Lopez, 21, of Artesia, entered no plea and was bound over Tuesday in Carlsbad Magistrate Court. A trial date has not yet been set.
Lopez was arrested March 13 in Dexter on charges of tampering with evidence, a capital, first- or second-degree felony.
Lopez and the remaining two suspects – Michael Jimenez, 26, and Ryan Morgan, 21, both of Artesia – drove with 49-year-old Danny Mendes of Roswell on the evening of March 4 to a remote area at the intersection of Haystack and Four Dinkus roads south of Artesia, where, the criminal complaint alleges, Morgan struck Mendes once on the back of the head with a hammer and Jimenez continued to strike Mendes after he was down.
Jimenez and Morgan have both pleaded not guilty to the crime and are awaiting 9 a.m. April 19 and 2:30 p.m. April 6 preliminary examinations respectively in Carlsbad Magistrate Court.