NMSP: Lemitar Man Arrested For Socorro Double Homicide

NMSP News:

SOCORRO — A Lemitar man has been arrested in connection with the July 3 Socorro homicide that left two men dead. 

Sunday, July 3, the New Mexico State Police (NMSP)N Investigations Bureau received a request from the Socorro Police Department to take over an investigation into a double homicide. 

Socorro officers were dispatched to 506 N. 6th St., in response to a shooting that occurred just after 12:30 a.m. involving two victims.

Agents from the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau later arrived and began interviewing witnesses, who stated the two victims were outside working on a car on the night of July 2, into the early morning hours of July 3.

During that time, one of the victims noticed a white Infinity parked across the street. A short time later, one of the victims encountered a man outside the home. That man is accused of opening fire, approximately 30-40 times, according to witnesses.

Following the gunshots, witnesses found the two victims deceased outside the home. 

Officers issued a Be On The Lookout (BOLO) for the white Infinity, which was later stopped by a Valencia County Sheriff’s deputy in Belen. Two individuals were taken into custody following the stop. One of the men was detained and later released. The other man, 21-year-old Trenton Paul Fowler (McDaniel) of Lemitar, is now facing two counts of Murder in the 1st Degree (open charge). Fowler was booked into the Socorro County Detention Center. 

The victims have been identified as 34-year-old Jerid Trujillo of Socorro and 39-year-old Christopher Heath also of Socorro.

This case remains under investigation by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau. (Any leads or additional information can be provided to the New Mexico State Police-Investigations Bureau at 505.841.9256)


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