Salinas guilty

January 17, 2013 • Local News

After deliberating four-and-a-half hours, the jury that heard the case of New Mexico vs Harvey Salinas found the defendant guilty on charges of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Arnulfo Villela Jr., and guilty on the charges of unlawful carrying of a firearm by a person under the age of 19. The charges stem from an incident that occurred on July 6 when an argument turned lethal.

The verdict followed the State’s final witness, Chaves County Detention Center Officer Bruce Leatherman, who reported to the court that Salinas had told the officer that another prisoner, Christopher Miranda, was “the snitch we were supposed to kill. He bangs Eastside, too.”

The State rested, and the defense did also as Salinas chose not to take the stand on his own Login to read more

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