Police seek homicide suspect

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico

Police are seeking a 21-year-old Clovis man in connection with Thursday’s double homicide.

An arrest warrant was issued Saturday for Anthony Ray Casillas, charging him with two open counts of murder, District Attorney Matt Chandler said.

Gary Payne, 52, of Melrose, and Melissa Ward, 36, of Lubbock were shot to death.

Police followed a blood trail to the Clovis Apartments near the scene of a van crash, which resulted from the homicide. They found a witness who had seen Casillas.

According to a Clovis police news release: