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Daniel Aguilera

An Artesia man who stands charged with committing a second murder while out on bond awaiting trial for a first was bound over to district court last week in the second case.

Daniel Aguilera, 22, of Artesia, appeared Wednesday before Judge Daniel Reyes Jr. for preliminary examination in Artesia Magistrate Court on charges of murder in the first degree (open count), aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony, and aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon.

Aguilera was bound over to district court on the first two charges. The aggravated burglary charge was discharged.

A court date has not yet been set.

Those charges stem from the Dec. 20, 2016, shooting death of Otis Chavez Jr., 22, of Artesia. Chavez managed to shoot his attacker before he died, and Aguilera was transported to an El Paso, Texas, hospital for treatment of two gunshot wounds to the torso. He was discharged in late January and placed in custody.

At the time of Chavez’s murder, Aguilera was out on bond in the July 5, 2015, shooting of Andres Rojo, 27, of Artesia, and the injury of Rojo’s brother, Luis Rojo.

His jury trial on charges of second-degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in that case has been set for 9 a.m. July 6 in Fifth Judicial District Court in Carlsbad.