Slaying trial slated to begin Monday

CNJ Staff

The first-degree murder trial of a 31-year-old Clovis man charged in the shooting death of a Clovis teen is set to begin Monday, in the 9th Judicial District court.

Robert “Pelon” Macias is accused of shooting Wilfred Salas Jr., 19, in the head Jan. 15, 2006, as the victim was driving on Merriwether Street.

Salas was found in the driver’s seat of his car in a parking lot at Seventh and Merriwether streets. He died a short time later at a Lubbock hospital.

Jury selection will take place Monday morning. Opening arguments should begin Monday afternoon, court officials said.

Seven days have been set aside for the trial. District Judge Joe Parker is scheduled to preside over the case.