Charges in murder case bumped up

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – A suspect in a shooting in Roswell is now facing murder charges.

Leroy Acosta, 31, is accused of shooting Helen Joy Padilla last November. She died late last month.

Now the district attorney’s office has bumped up his charges.

Acosta’s alleged accomplice, Danielle McClaine, is also facing more serious charges accessory to first-degree murder. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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