CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - A 24-year-old man has pleaded no contest to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of an 11-year-old Hobbs boy.
Carlos Maldonado entered his plea Monday in state district court in Carlsbad on a charge of venue from Lea County. Police say the child, Lawrence Juarez, was killed Dec. 2, 2006, when Maldonado pumped several gunshots into a vehicle where the boy sat with his father.
Maldonado went through two trials and had been slated for a third before pleading in the case. Jurors in the first trial found him guilty of voluntary manslaughter.