Cops and Courts: Date set for first of two murder trials

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

A date for the first-degree murder trial of two Clovis men accused in 2005 shooting a 10-year-old boy while he slept has been set for Sept. 17.

The trial of Demetrio Salas, 21, and David Griego, 31, is scheduled to take 10 days, court records show.

Scheduled for March, the trial was postponed after a change of venue was granted, moving the trial to Lea County. Scheduling considerations arose with the new location, District Attorney Matt Chandler said.

Edward Salas, 22, was slated to stand trial with his brother Demetrio and Griego, however the prosecution made the decision to split the cases and try them separately for evidentiary reasons, Chandler said.

A date for the second trial has not been set.

If convicted, Demetrio, Salas and Griego face life in prison.

Carlos Perez died when shots were fired through the window of a room he shared with his older brother. Police have said Perez’ brother had a dispute with Orlando Salas, the younger brother of Demetrio and Edward Salas, earlier in the day at school.

Orlando Salas, 17, is serving five years in the custody of the Children Youth and Families department after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors. He will be eligible for release at age 21.

Noe Torres, 28, is also charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting. He remains at large.

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A 45-year-old Clovis woman was arrested last week and charged with felony embezzlement for stealing money and equipment from a fast food restaurant.

The arrest came after Tamara Mayfield’s employer noticed the money missing from a a cash drawer. The manager told police when confronted Mayfield admitted taking money because she needed it to pay bills, according to a police report.

Her manager made arrangements for her to pay the company back, but called police when she didn’t show up for her scheduled shift, the report said.

Mayfield was released on a $5,000 bond, jail officials said.

According to the report, approximately $1,000 was taken, including the value of a printer missing from the restaurant’s office.

Cops and Courts is compiled by CNJ staff writer Sharna Johnson. She can be contacted at 763-6991 or:
sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com