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‘Contributing to the delinquency of a minor’ debated in Villela homicide

January 9, 2014 • Local News

Another chapter in the case of the Arnulfo Villela Jr. homicide unfolded in Chaves County District Court, Thursday. The 18-year-old Villela was shot to death in the 800 block of East Hendricks Street on July 6, 2012.

According to the criminal complaint, Villela and friend Michael Montantez were confronted by Harvey Salinas, Joseph Lucero and Israel Vigil, who were looking for “Josh and Chris.” Punches were exchanged, and the young men drew their firearms and shot Villela. The three were accompanied by Isaac Salazar, 20, and his girlfriend who was driving the car.

Joseph Lucero was 17 years old at the time of the shooting. He pleaded no contest to charges of voluntary manslaughter. Harvey Salinas, who was 15, was tried and convicted of voluntary manslaughter.

The court records state that Isaac Salazar did not participate with the confrontation, but fired his Login to read more

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