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Portales Man Indicted for Murder


Portales, NM ~  Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that David Smith, age 40, of Portales, NM, was indicted by a Roosevelt County Grand Jury this morning on charges of   First Degree Murder, Kidnapping, and two counts of Tampering with Evidence.


On November 21, 2015, William Vaughn was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital from Roosevelt General Hospital.  Vaughn died a short time later from traumatic brain injury, burns to his body and severe bruising throughout the majority of his body.   According to eye witnesses, Vaughn was visiting Smith’s home on November 20, 2015, when a fight ensued between the two men. Vaughn was alleged to have been severely beaten and then held in a locked room at the home for over 24 hours before being taken to the hospital for medical attention.


David Smith will be scheduled for an arraignment in District Court within 15 days.  He is being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center without bond.


Deputy District Attorney Jake Boazman is prosecuting the case for the State of New Mexico.


For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.

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