Jury trial begins for Tucumcari man charged with attempted murder

By Thomas Garcia

QCS Senior Writer

Trial began Monday for William Archuleta of Tucumcari, accused of shooting Bryan Cassidy of Tucumcari in the leg after a fight.

Archuleta is charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery, child endangerment, tampering with evidence and negligent use of a deadly weapon from the August 2012 shooting.

Deputy District Attorney Kirk Chavez said in opening statements the prosecution will show Archuleta, 20 at the time, took aim at Cassidy with a .380-caliber handgun and fired multiple shots in an attempt to kill him.

Chavez said a witness watched Archuleta walk towards Cassidy, who was involved in a fight at the home on South Monroe, aim at Cassidy and shoot, striking him in the leg.

Chavez also said Archuleta was negligent and committed child abuse by discharging a weapon with children in the vicinity.

Defense attorney Ben Mondragon said told jurors Archuleta’s intent was not to kill Cassidy. If he had intended to kill Cassidy, Mondragon said, he would have walked over and finished the job.

Mondragon also said the children were 10 feet or more away from the actual gunfire and were inside a vehicle.

Tucumcari Police Chief Jason Braziel said when officers responded to a report of a fight in progress, they found Cassidy, 30, lying on the ground with a gunshot wound.

Braziel said Cassidy was taken to Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital. Archuleta was located and arrested later that night.

Archuleta is at the Quay County Detention Center in lieu of a $15,500 bond.

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