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      Clovis man found guilty of first degree murder

      Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced Friday that after a week-long jury trial, 25-year old Albert Jose Ramirez was found guilty by a Curry County jury of First Degree Murder and two counts of Tampering with Evidence.

      Ramirez was convicted of the murder of his mother's boyfriend, Eladio Robledo. On July 12, 2007, Ramirez went to his mother's home against a "no trespass" order, and gunned down Robledo in the front yard. Ramirez fled the scene and was arrested three days later by the Clovis Police Department, hiding in a bedroom of a friend's home.

      The Honorable Teddy L. Hartley presided over the trial and the case was prosecuted by District Attorney Matthew Chandler, and Assistant District Attorney, Jared Morris. The defendant was represented by criminal defense attorney, Jesse Cosby, of Roswell, NM.

      Judge Hartley ordered that a pre-sentence report be prepared and a sentencing hearing will be held at a later date. Ramirez faces life in prison, plus six years.