Grand jury indicts three men in January homicide

Darrell Todd Maurina

Three men were indicted Friday for murder by a Curry County grand jury in connection with the Jan. 4 shooting death of Carlos Murillo, 27, of Clovis, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter.
Santiago Miguel Calbert, 19, Christopher Meier, 20, and Eric Duran, 26, all of Clovis, face charges of first-degree murder, which requires the state to prove the shooting was willful and deliberate.
Duran was also charged with tampering with evidence and intimidation of a witness. Carter said all three are being held in the Curry County Adult Detention Center and will be arraigned within two weeks. According to court records, none of the three have yet have been assigned attorneys.
Carter said the grand jury heard more than 2 1/2 hours of testimony from four witnesses and heard police reports that Murillo had been chased through the streets of Clovis by a Cadillac Escalade driven by Duran with the other two as passengers. Murillo was shot to death in his car about 3:30 a.m. near the corner of Marvin Hass Boulevard and Concord Road in Clovis.
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A recent burglary at Texico High School resulted in some cash and keys being taken, Texico Police Chief John Mares said Tuesday.
“Someone went in there,” Mares said. “We believe the doors were set up so they could be opened from the outside.”
Once inside, the burglars attacked a file cabinet that was similar to a safe, Mares said.
“Evidently the perpetrator took a hand-held torch with a cutting edge on it to the cabinet,” he said. “The administration office also was burglarized. No damage was done to the buildings, but they did take some loose money they found laying around and in a drawer, and they did take some keys to other buildings.”
The locks to the buildings are being changed at the high school, as well as the junior high or elementary school, Mares said.
“We do have some suspects but no evidence,” he said. “A reward is being offered through Crime Stoppers.”
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The Farwell Police Department is continuing to investigate several thefts, according to Police Chief Robert J. Achterberg.
In 2003, the Beckman home was burglarized with money and several weapons taken from the home. An arrest was made in the case but guns and other items are still missing from the burglary and police said other suspects need to be identified and arrested.
Over the past four years, Mills and Elevator Supply has been the victim of a number of thefts including equipment, a large air compressor, a riding lawn mower, tires that were stolen off a trailer and a generator.
In 2002, Kirkland Pumps was burglarized and several impellers were stolen by unknown persons who entered the business.
The police department urges anyone with information on the incidents to call the Farwell Police Department at (806) 481-3600 or Parmer County Crime Stoppers at (800) 974-TIPS.

Cops and Courts is compiled by CNJ staff writer Darrell Todd Maurina. He can be contacted at 763-6991 or:
darrell_maurina@link.freedom.com