Darrell Todd Maurina
Police said an ongoing “situation” throughout the day on Tuesday may have led to Clovis’ latest homicide, but they offered no details.
James Rogers, 42, was charged with open murder on Wednesday in connection with Tuesday evening’s shooting death of David Michael Wilt, 47, outside a home at 4220 North Prince.
Police said Wilt and Rogers, both from Clovis, knew each other but were not known to local law enforcement authorities.
Ninth Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter said he’s still checking Rogers’ background, but said Rogers had no felony convictions on record for at least 10 years. Rogers is expected to be arraigned Friday morning in Curry County Magistrate Court, Carter said.
Wilt’s sister, Barbara Hardin, said Wilt was a 1973 Clovis High School graduate who worked along with his father as a mechanic in the family business, Prince Marine of Clovis. Survivors include a 20-year-old son, Kane Wilt, of Hereford, his parents, Pete and Anita Wilt of Clovis, four sisters and two brothers.
Hardin said the family has been devastated by the shooting.
“This is the first death this family has experienced and we don’t know what to say. I just know he’ll never come through the door again,” Hardin said. “ A part of me is gone because he’s gone.”
Hardin said while Wilt and Rogers knew each other, the family didn’t know Rogers well and didn’t know what might have prompted the shooting.
“Most of the siblings knew who he was because we were all in school together,” Hardin said. “We’ve learned nothing, we’ve been told nothing. Everything we’ve been told is hearsay.”
Lt. Rick Durham of the New Mexico State Police said no motives have been confirmed, but said police are interviewing numerous witnesses and checking into reports of earlier incidents.
“There had been an ongoing domestic situation during the day (Tuesday) and part of our investigation is to see what part the domestic played in the shooting incident,” Durham said. “We had a number of people who were being interviewed last (Tuesday) night, but sometimes in an investigation you will learn through interviewing witnesses there are other witnesses we didn’t even know about, so those numbers can increase.”
Durham said he expects the state police investigation to take some time.
“We are very interested in doing it correctly, not quickly,” Durham said. “We are slow and methodical.”
In a separate matter, Clovis Police Capt. Leon Morris issued a press release stating the department does not believe Tuesday’s shooting is related to other recent shootings in the community.
No arrests have been made in connection with the Sept. 4 shooting death of Clovis businessman J.C. Tucker.