The Eastern New Mexico News - Serving Clovis, Portales and the Surrounding Communities

By Ron Warnick
Staff writer 

DNA ties suspect to 2012 clinic fire


Last updated 8/18/2020 at 4:27pm

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Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry (left, in white shirt) talks to state fire marshal investigator Sammy Anaya after a fire burned Tucumcari Animal Hospital and killed more than 70 animals in May 2012. A recent state police investigative report stated DNA evidence linked a Tucumcari man to the fire, and he confessed to officers. However, the statute of limitations expired two years ago, and he no longer can be charged in the case.

TUCUMCARI - A Tucumcari man, presented with DNA evidence, recently confessed to setting a fire in 2012 that killed more than 70 animals at a local veterinarian clinic.

However, the man has not been charged with any crime regarding the fire because...

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