Third Salas brother set to go on trial in Clovis for murder

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico

Jury selection in the first-degree murder trial for a third brother charged in the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy is set to begin Monday in Clovis.

Edward Salas, 23, faces life in prison if convicted.

The trial is scheduled for five days. Depending on how long jury selection takes, opening statements could begin as early as Monday, District Attorney Matt Chandler said.

Edward Salas’ younger brothers, Demetrio, 22, and Orlando Salas, 18, have already been convicted in the Sept. 15, 2005, shooting of Carlos Perez.

Perez died when a bullet fired through his bedroom window struck him in the head while he was sleeping. Police have said Perez’ older brother, Ruben Perez, was the intended target of the shooting.

In addition to the Salas brothers, two others have been charged in the shooting; David Griego, 31, and Noe Torres, 29.

Griego was convicted of second-degree murder in January and