Murder case headed for retrial

ARTESIA, N.M. (KRQE) – A jury in Carlsbad could not agree to convict a man of murder in the shooting death of a 50-year-old Artesia man.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that a jury Friday did convict Senovio Mendoza on other charges including breaking and entering, aggravated burglary and evidence tampering.

Prosecutors said Mendoza and two other men posed as cops when they kicked open the door of Tim Wallace’s home, looked for drugs, then shot Wallace in the head.

Mendoza’s attorney said they’ll have to prepare for a retrial for 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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