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Grand jury indicts Clovis slaying suspect

Staff report

A Curry County grand jury indicted 40-year-old Eric Valdez of Clovis on Friday on charges of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office.

Valdez is accused of shooting Jose Barrera, 33, of Tucumcari in the head earlier this month in a vacant apartment on Sheldon Street in Clovis.

According to the release:

•l Barrera’s body was discovered by the property manager on July 7.

• Valdez was arrested July 11 after he confessed to the crime.

• Valdez is in custody at the Curry County Adult Detention Center and will be arraigned next week in District Court.