By Thomas Garcia
Quay County Sun
The preliminary hearing of Tucumcari man charged with shooting another man in the neck at the Redwood Lodge was recessed until Monday.
This proceedings before Magistrate Court Judge Joel Garnett were to determine if the case against Robert W. Wynashe, 66, would be bound over to district court or dismissed from court.
Wynashe, also known as Chief, is charged with seven felony counts, including aggravated battery, shooting at a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence and criminal damage of property.
The shooting occurred June 1.
The victim, Howard Russell King, 45, was transported the Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital by relatives and was later transferred to the intensive care unit of an Amarillo hospital.
The victim's sister, Tina Molina, has said that her brother was paralyzed from the shooting.
Wynashe pled not guilty to the charges and is being held at the Quay County Detention Center on a $1 million cash bond.
According to court documents:
King was moving out of the Redwood Lodge with help from relatives.
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 Wynashe with a gun and he shot at the vehicle hitting the passenger side glass and 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 the “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.