Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced today that Johnathan Cruz, age 24, of Clovis, NM, was arrested on an open count of First Degree Murder, in the March, 2015, murder of Joseph “Jo Jo” Chavez.
Chavez died from a stab wound during an altercation between several individuals on March 8, 2015 at 1000 Beta in Covis. Witnesses at the scene reported that a Hispanic male was holding a firearm and then a shot was heard. This followed by Chavez falling to the ground bleeding from the chest. Chavez was taken to Plains Regional Medical Center by private vehicle, where he was later pronounced deceased.
The Major Crimes Unit investigated the homicide and made the arrest today. Chavez is being held in the Curry County Detention Center without bond. The District Attorney’s Office will present this case to a Grand Jury within the next 10 days.
For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.