Man Arrested for Double Murder in Lea County

Staff Report
NewsWest 9 

LEA COUNTY - The Lea County Sheriff's Department has made an arrest in a murder case from almost exactly a year ago.

27-year-old Pedro Dominguez of Lovington is charged with two open counts of murder and two counts of 1st Degree Kidnapping for the deaths of 49-year-old Leon Sanchez and 44-year-old Frank McClain, both of Lovington.

Back on November 10, 2011, the victims were found in a pasture off of US Highway 82, about 4 miles east of Lovington. Evidence collected at the beginning of the investigation led authorities to identify a white compact car. This eventually led them to 20-year-old Francisco Munoz of Lovington. He was charged with kidnapping related to the murders. Munoz has since been charged with two open counts of murder and remains behind bars on $1, 000, 000 cash bond.

Pedro Dominguez is also being held at the Lea County Detention Center on 1, 000, 000 cash bond. The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are anticipated.