Telephone conversations recorded at the Curry County jail show Louis Guerra telling his mother he beat up Jaime Perez last month after jail staff placed the two in the same pod of cells.
The conversations — two calls Guerra placed the morning after the fight — are part of a new seven-page report released by county officials Wednesday in response to a CNJ request under the state's Inspection of Public Records Act.
In the first call at 11:05 a.m., Guerra tells his mother he got into a fight.
"With who?" she asked, according to a transcription by sheriff's investigator Deputy Sandy Loomis.
"Some (expletive)...," Guerra responded.
In the second call placed 22 minutes later, Guerra's mother asked, "Who did they take to the hospital?"
"That dude," said Guerra.
"You sent him to the hospital?" she asked.
"Oh yeah," said Guerra.
Both of Guerra's phone calls were placed from his isolation cell before the sheriff's department was informed of the fight and about the same time jail staff was notifying District Attorney Matt Chandler's office for the first time, some 15 hours after the struggle.
Jaime Perez is the brother of Daniel Perez, the man Guerra recently pleaded guilty to gunning down last year during what police said was a gang-related killing.
Guerra, 31, pleaded guilty Friday to charges of second-degree murder.
He now also faces charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and retaliation against a state witness. Perez was treated and released from the Clovis hospital the same night as the fight.
Guerra's attorney James Klipstine said Guerra believes Perez was coming for him and "he (Guerra) did tell me they got into a fight ... and he did get the better of the other man."
Loomis said a transport deputy told him he had delivered Perez to the jail about three hours before the fight. Perez was being housed at Parmer County Jail after Chandler had asked key figures in the murder trial be kept separated.
Perez told Loomis he was initially held in an isolation cell.
"Perez," said Loomis, "stated the same detention officer (DO) that processed him in came into the cell and asked if anyone had a 'beef' with anyone in the back and then placed a plastic ID bracelet on his wrist."
Loomis said Perez went to the pod he was assigned not knowing Guerra was also in the same group of cells.