Acosta charged with homicide in shooting

February 8, 2014 • Local News


Helen Joy Padilla, the victim of a shooting that took place on Nov. 1, 2013, in the 200 block of East Frazier, died in Lubbock, Texas, last Friday.

According to the original complaint filed in Magistrate Court in November, lead investigator Detective Jon Gokey tried to speak with Padilla the day of the incident and learned that her heart had stopped at least once. She had gun shot wounds to her leg and torso.

Padilla was flown to Lubbock for treatment that same day. She was still in the hospital on Dec. [auth] 2, 2013. After recovering for two months, she was released from the hospital.

Around Jan. 22, Padilla returned to Lubbock for further treatments for the wounds received. On Jan. 29, the detective was informed that she suffered from a cardiac emergency while in the hospital.

The shooter, LeRoy Acosta, 31, was apprehended on Jan. 29 during a traffic stop at the intersection of Milky Way Street and Lipan Road. At that time, Acosta was arrested and charged with attempting to commit premeditated murder, possession of cocaine, tampering with evidence, possession, delivery or manufacture of drug paraphernalia, and failure to appear. He now faces charges of premeditated, first-degree murder.

LeRoy Acosta had been featured as Roswell’s Most Wanted on Dec. 2, 2013, and again on Dec. 31, 2013.

His accessory, Danielle McClain, 22, was arrested on Nov. 27, 2013, in the 300 block of East Bonney Street. She has subsequently been released from the Chaves County Detention Center. McClain, too, faces new charges as an accessory to premeditated murder.

The court records state that Acosta, accompanied by McClain, had gone to Padilla’s residence and called her outside to talk to her. They had not gotten far from the house before he took out a gun and started shooting.

The police located eight shell casings at the scene. During a taped interview, the 45-year-old victim started to cry, saying she did not know why Acosta had tried to kill her. She was afraid if Acosta was arrested that he would send others to “get her” or members of her family.

Padilla attended Roswell High School and worked as a certified nurse assistant.

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