Witness: Disrespect inspired shooting

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer

A witness to Clovis’ most recent homicide told police he saw Robert Macias shoot at Wilfred Salas’ car at least two times just before Salas was killed, court records show.

Salas, 19, was killed by a single shot to his head on Jan. 15. Macias is charged with an open count of murder.

The shooting occurred in front of 605 Merriwether St. — a home listed to Macias in the phone book and owned by Macias’ grandmother, records show.

The medical examiner removed a bullet from Salas’ head, which matched the caliber of bullet casings found outside the Merriwether Street home, according to court records.

The witness, whose name is being withheld by the Clovis News Journal because of safety concerns expressed by District Attorney Matt Chandler, told police that he and Macias were eavesdropping on people outside a home at 515 Rencher St., where Salas was visiting.

The witness said he and Macias heard disrespectful things said about Macias.

“(The witness) said that after a short while the guys next door left and Pelon (Macias) had taken a semi auto pistol out and was waving (it) around, even more upset,” records show.

The witness told police he and Macias went back to 605 Merriwether St., where he then saw Macias shoot at Salas’ passing car.

Macias, 30, is in Curry County Adult Detention Center with bonds totaling $150,000 cash. He is accused of three violent acts since March 2, officials said.

The allegations include:

• Breaking into the home of Willie Trujillo, 37, battering him and damaging his home, on March 2. Macias was arrested Aug. 28, but was released Aug. 29 when he posted $40,000 bond, records show. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

• Shooting 30-year-old Zachariah Stephenson in the leg on Dec. 25. Stephenson was shot outside his home at 1201 Pile by a man he said he did not know.

• Killing Salas on Jan. 15. Police said Salas was shot once in the head as he drove on Merriwether Street early that morning. He died that afternoon at a Lubbock hospital.

Macias is also accused of violating terms of his August release from jail by drinking alcohol and going into a bar. He was arrested on those charges on Jan. 15. He was in jail when he was charged with the Dec. 25 and Jan. 15 shootings.