Suspect pleads not guilt in Redwood Lodge shooting

Chelle Delaney

Robert W. Wynashe, 66, pled not guilty on Thursday to charges stemming from shooting another man in the back of the neck in the parking lot of the Redwood Lodge in Tucumcari on Monday.

Howard Russell King, the victim, was transported to Tucumcari Memorial Hospital by relatives about 8:45 p.m. on Monday, according to documents filed with the Quay County Magistrate Court and a Tucumcari Police Department press release.

King was later transferred to the intensive care unit of an Amarillo hospital, where he remains today. A spokesperson for the hospital on Wednesday declined to release King’s condition. And no update on his condition was available on Friday.

At the preliminary hearing Thursday, Wynashe, also known as “Chief,” pled not guilty to seven felony counts, including aggravated battery, shooting at a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence and criminal damage of property and was to be assigned a lawyer, according to court documents.

A $1 million cash bond was retained and he is in the Quay County Detention Center, court documents state.

According to court documents:
King was moving out of the Redwood Lodge with help from relatives on Monday night.

King, a passenger in the front seat of a car, told the driver to stop because someone was motioning to him from the parking lot.

King’s niece, who was in the back seat of the car, said she saw Wyhnashe with a gun and he shot at the vehicle hitting the passenger side glass busting it out.

The driver of the car said he did not see who shot at them. He said he heard a loud bang and the windows of his vehicle breaking.
The driver said, “He looked over and saw Russell grab his chest, then watched him fall over into his lap.”

In the hospital, police asked King if he “saw who shot him,” and said that “Chief did.”

A search of the manager’s quarters of the Redwood Lodge located two boxes of ammunition with rounds missing in an unlocked safe.

“On the front porch was a green chair and located under the seat cushion was a .357 magnum handgun loaded and one round discharged,” the documents stated.