Trial centers on calls

May 23, 2013 • Local News

The trial of the State of New Mexico versus Jose Arias entered its fourth day, Thursday, with both the State and defense playing recorded phone calls may by Arias to his spouse Victoria Velasquez-Arias, from Chaves County Detention Center during the period of April 24 to May 16, 2011.

Arias faces charges of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence, after the shooting and death that occurred on West Fourth Street only four days after his release.

CCDC Administrative Assistant Dora Gonzalez described the process of copying the calls for the court. She attested to the fact that the recordings could not be altered and confirmed that each person is warned at the time of making the calls that the calls may be recorded.

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