Arrest made in Clovis shooting death

Staff report

Clovis police have made an arrest in connection with the homicide discovered Monday.

Eric Valdez

Eric Valdez

Eric “Spanky” Valdez is charged with murder. Police say he shot Jose Barrera, 33, of Tucumcari, in a dispute that involved Valdez’ minor daughter.

Valdez is in the Curry County Detention Center with bond set at $100,000, a police press release said.

Court records show a warrant was issued Friday alleging Valdez, 40, violated probation in a connection with a 2008 conviction for battery against a household member. The press release did not say when the murder charge was filed.

Barrera’s body was discovered Monday in the bathroom of a vacant house at 413 N. Sheldon St.

Police said Saturday an autopsy showed Barrera, 33, died from a gunshot wound to the head.

The 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit developed a timeline of Barrera’s activities, which led them to identify Valdez as a person of interest on Thursday.

He told police he shot Barrera, the press release said.

“The motive for the homicide stemmed from a conflict between Mr. Barrera and Mr. Valdez involving Mr. Valdez’s minor daughter,” the release said.



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