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ARTESIA — Eddy County Sheriff Mark Cage reports the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) has made an arrest in connection with a homicide that occurred Wednesday in Artesia. ECSO deputies were dispatched around 5:20 p.m. Wednesday to 912 E. Mill Road in reference to a male subject who was unconscious and not breathing. Upon arrival at the scene, EMS professionals determined the man – identified as Isidoro Luis Sanchez, 33, of Artesia – was deceased.

Further investigation revealed Sanchez had sustained a gunshot wound, and ECSO detectives were contacted to investigate the incident. Multiple search warrants were executed and numerous individuals interviewed, and as a result, 23-year-old Cody Lane Garcia of Artesia was taken into custody in Texas. Garcia is charged with an open count of murder in the first degree; two counts of tampering with evidence; embezzlement of a motor vehicle; and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is currently being held at the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office in Wichita, Texas.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and anyone with potential information is urged to contact Cpt. Matthew Hutchinson or Det. Alfredo Guevara at 575-887-7551.