Hung jury in NM murder trial

February 15, 2014 • State News

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A jury could not agree on whether to convict a man of murder for his role in the 2012 shooting death of a 50-year-old Artesia man.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports [auth] ( ) the jury on Friday convicted Senovio Mendoza of other charges, including breaking and entering, aggravated burglary and evidence tampering.

Gary Mitchell, Mendoza’s attorney, says his client must now prepare for a retrial for first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Mendoza and two other men posed as law enforcement officers and kicked open the door of Tim Wallace’s home, looking for drugs.

They say Wallace was then shot in the head.

Matthew Sloan, who is believed to have pulled the trigger, was convicted of first-degree murder in September.

The other suspect, Donald Ybarra, entered a plea agreement.

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