Suspect waives hearing

CNJ Staff

Homicide suspect John “Pooh” Cameron waived his right to a grand jury hearing Friday, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler.

Cameron, 24, is charged with second-degree murder and three counts of tampering with evidence in connection with the Oct. 16 shooting death of Amos Soliz, 19, in front of a home at 817 Sheldon St. in Clovis.

He is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center without bond, according to jail officials.

Soliz, 19, lived next to Cameron’s mother and stepfather, Joan Vann, 47, and Ronnie Vann Sr., 54, at 815 Sheldon St.

Chandler said Cameron was visiting his mother and got into a physical altercation with Soliz’ roommate, Arthur Gutierrez, in the front yard of the duplex, according to witness statements.

Police said Cameron fired about four to five shots, two of which hit Soliz, who was in the yard. Chandler said police believe Soliz was an innocent victim.

Gutierrez, 28, was arrested Oct. 20 on charges of battery and extortion stemming from allegations he had been systematically harassing the Vanns, including pulling up his shirt to show them a pistol, police reports said. He hit Ronnie Vann in the head two days before the shooting, police reports said.

Gutierrez is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a bond total of $46,000, which includes unrelated felony charges, jail officials said.

The Vanns were arrested Oct. 17 and charged with accessory to tampering with evidence, court records show. They remain in jail on a $10,000 bond each, according to jail officials.