Carlsbad Man Found Guilty in Connection with the Death of a Hobbs Woman

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

LEA COUNTY - A Carlsbad man may spend more than 10 years behind bars for his involvement in the death of a Hobbs woman.

After three days of testimony, a Lea County jury found 35-year-old Billy Maples guilty.

He was convicted on five charges in the death of Jennifer Cox back on January fifth of last year, including manslaughter and tampering with evidence.

Maples insisted he was trying to protect Kaci Easter from Cox who, he claimed, was high on methamphetamines.

Investigators found Cox's body in a garage at a home on west Taos.

Prosecutors tell NewsWest 9, Kaci Easter pled to lesser charges back in September and agreed to testify as to what happened that night.

Maples is expected to be sentenced for attempted meth-trafficking and tampering with evidence sometime in April.