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A witness told police 20-year-old Randall Jones admitted to beating a 33-year-old Tucumcari woman with a claw hammer, according to court documents released Tuesday.
The documents — sworn affidavits filed by New Mexico State Police investigators — say Shirley Pacheco was found dead July 9, lying in a pool of blood next to her blood-smeared pickup truck.
Earlier this week, Jones, also of Tucumcari, was charged with murder in connection with her death. Witnesses told investigators Jones was trying to sell speakers and Pacheco gave him a ride the night of the homicide.
Jones is being held without bail at the Quay County Detention Center.
Jones told police Pacheco dropped him off at a family member’s house and that was the last time he saw her, the affidavit said.
Police said three others face various lesser charges in connection with the homicide. They include:
• Juanita Trujillo, 31, of Tucumcari, charged with tampering with evidence.
• Jennifer Urioste, 39, of Tucumcari, charged with tampering with evidence.
• Orlando Martinez, 21, of Tucumcari, charged with tampering with evidence and conspiracy to tamper with evidence.
The sworn statements by police don’t offer a motive for the killing, nor do they indicate if Pacheco and Jones knew each other prior to July 9.
Investigators said a blood covered screwdriver was found on the ground a few feet from Pacheco’s body and a bloody claw hammer in the back of her truck. A field test indicated the presence of blood on the head and claw of the hammer
Investigators said during questioning July 16, Martinez told them the night of the homicide he was awakened at his home by Jones, who told him he had killed Pacheco with a hammer.
Martinez allegedly told officers Jones had blood on his pants and he took a shower and changed clothing at his home, then asked him to help wipe down Pacheco’s truck.
According to the affidavit, Trujillo arrived at the residence and Martinez said he gave him and Jones a ride to Pacheco’s truck.
With Trujillo parked across the street from Pacheco’s truck, Martinez allegedly told police he got out and wiped down the interior of the truck with a rag he’d gotten from his mother’s house.
Martinez told police Jones took two guns from Pacheco’s residence. An anonymous call on July 18 reported a gun behind a church on First and Charles. Police said a gun they found at the location matched one entered into NCIC during the course of the investigation, the affidavit said.
Police said they also located a trash bag near Airport Road containing a pair of black jeans, white polo shirt and black Nike shoes and two cell phones.
Investigators said stains on the clothes and shoes tested positive for blood and one of the cell phones matched the description of Pacheco’s missing cell phone.
Martinez’ mother, Urioste, told investigators she was uncomfortable with Jones showering at her home, but he did anyway. She told officers that later that evening her son and Jones were laughing and talking as if nothing had happened, the affidavit said.