Trial defense witness killed

May 21, 2013 • Local News

Roswell police officers responded to Pecan Place, around 9:45 p.m. Sunday in reference to a shots fired call. Upon arrival the police found the body of Juan Gonzales, 26, who had passed away from gunshot wounds.

Gonzales, also known as Pun, was a defense witness in the [auth] Gregory Hobbs trial. Hobbs was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Ruben “Hammer” Archuleta, Sr. in February. The shooting occurred on the night of June 15, 2012, in the 300 block of East Bonney Street.

Gonzales had been charged with shooting at or from a motor vehicle as a result of the same incident. Hobbs said he shot Ruben Archuleta Jr., who was armed at the time, in defense of Gonzales.

Gonzales testified to being in a life-or-death struggle with Archuleta Jr. over the weapon. Hobbs was not charged with the younger man’s death since it was viewed as self-defense.

The police investigation is continuing and detectives are asking for the public’s assistance. People who may have information about Sunday night’s incident are asked to the police department 575-624-6770, or Crime Stoppers, 1-888-594-8477.

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