Clovis man charged in 9-year-old murder case

Staff Report
The Associated Press

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - A Clovis man has been charged with first-degree murder in a 9-year-old case.

District Attorney Matt Chandler says 56-year-old Lorenzo Chavez was indicted (Friday) for his role in the 1998 shooting death of 47-year-old Daniel Jose Lopez.

Chandler says Chavez is a twice-convicted killer who returned to Clovis in the late 1990s after serving more than 20 years in prison.

Chavez is currently serving a nine-year prison sentence for receiving a stolen vehicle.

Chandler says he was to be paroled in January, but prosecutors will ask that he remain in prison without bond pending trial.

Police Chief Dan Blair says Chavez was a suspect in the initial investigation, but police could not develop enough evidence to arrest him.