By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico
The prosecution continued its case Wednesday morning with testimony
from five witnesses, including Edward Salas’ former girlfriend and a
man who helped hide a gun authorities believe was involved in the
shooting of a 10-year-old boy in 2005.
Edward Salas is being tried for the first-degree murder of Carlos Perez.
Eric “Nike” Gutierrez, 24, testified in a Curry County courtroom
that Salas’ two brothers and a third man connected to the homicide were
at his house the night of the shooting and asked him to get out a
scanner so they could listen to police radio traffic.
Gutierrez said he helped them hide their blue-and-white Suburban
in his garage. He said Demetrio Salas, who has been convicted in the
case, told him they had hidden a gun under a parked car across the
street from Gutierrez’ residence.
Gutierrez said the next day he got the gun and hid it in his cousin’s shed.
Later, he led police to the weapon, a .22-caliber revolver, which his cousin had cut into pieces.
Gutierrez, who also testified Edward Salas was not at his house
that night, said his charges of tampering with evidence were dismissed
in exchange for his testimony.
Salas’ former girlfriend testified Edward Salas came to her
apartment the night of the shooting, gave her cold medicine to help her
sleep and was gone when she woke up around 5:30 a.m.
Before lunch, prosecutors put Salas’ father, Lolo Isidro Salas, on the stand.
After a sidebar on a defense objection to Lolo Salas being asked
about a phone conversation he had Tuesday night with his son, Judge
Teddy Hartley dismissed jurors for lunch and said the matter would be
taken up again when court resumed.
If convicted, Edward Salas, 23, faces a minimum of life in prison.