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December 31, 2008
Fatal Shooting Ruins Christmas
|Police are on the lookout for Alex Rivera, 31, of Polvadera.|
|Photo Courtesy Socorro Police Department phot|
SOCORRO, New Mexico (STPNS) -- Two Socorro men were arraigned Monday in Magistrate Court in connection with a Christmas Eve shooting that resulted in the death of Miguel Martinez Jr.
Joseph Martinez, 23, and Atancio Cordero, 26, both were arraigned Monday by Judge Jim Naranjo in Magistrate Court on one open count of murder and one count each of conspiracy.
Naranjo also issued a warrant for the arrest of 31-year-old Alex Rivera of Polvadera on one open count of murder and one count of conspiracy.
The Wednesday, Dec. 24, incident was reported by a neighbor, Gilbert Anaya, who said Miguel Martinez had stumbled through the front door to his residence in the 200 block of Pena Place with bullet wounds to his chest and head.
According to the criminal complaint, Anaya said Michael Martinez had ?just come into their home asking them to call 911 because he had been shot.?
Chief of Police Lawrence Romero said Miguel Martinez was transported by ambulance to Socorro General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Cordero and Joseph Martinez, both of Socorro, were arrested Wednesday evening on the charges of murder and conspiracy.
As of press time Wednesday, Rivera was still at large.
The initial police report stated that officers were dispatched at 5:56 p.m. Dec. 24 to 207 Pena Place on the report of a man shot. As they arrived, a silver Ford truck was seen leaving the driveway of the duplex next door at 209 Pena and a witness stated that the victim had just been seen running from the same residence.
Jose Juarez, who lived in one side of the duplex, said he had lent his silver Ford truck two days before to Miguel Martinez, who told him he was moving Alex Rivera out of the other apartment. Juarez said he had not heard gunshots from next door. He said Miguel Martinez had been seen next door with Alex before, but did not know if ?they were there on this night.?
According to the report, blood was found on the steps leading from the front door of the other residence. There were four people inside the apartment when Michael Martinez was shot, including Joseph Martinez and Cordero, according to the report. A third, Alex Rivera, also was named as being involved.
Joseph Martinez was arrested after being pulled over by Socorro County Sheriff?s deputies while driving on Silva Street in the silver pickup. Cordero was apprehended in a nearby trailer at 209 ½ Pena.
Cordero admitted that ?he was in the residence when the shooting took place along with Joseph Martinez and Alex Rivera,? according to the report.
The report stated that Cordero said he did not want to name who actually shot Miguel Martinez, but that he would disclose that information in court.
Cordero and Joseph Martinez are being held in the Socorro County Detention Center.
Deputy District Attorney Stacey Ward is expected to be the prosecutor in the case.
?More investigation needs to be done,? Ward said. ?The preliminary hearing has not been scheduled, and right now we?re working with the public defender?s office to get them representation.?
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