Suspect in Rociada slaying held without bond

Suspect in Rociada slaying held without bond

From the Las Vegas Optic

The man accused of shooting and killing a Rociada man will remain in jail as he awaits trial.

William Daniels, 60, was charged in the slaying of 46-year-old Roman Latimer Lucero after the two men got into an argument along New Mexico Highway 276 in Rociada on Oct. 27.

In the State’s motion for pretrial detention, filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Oct. 30, Fourth District Chief Deputy Attorney Tom Clayton said Daniels “poses a danger to the community,” citing that he admitted to the shooting, and that a witness saw Daniels shoot Lucero multiple times and continue firing even after Lucero had fallen to the ground.

The motion also calls Daniels a flight risk because he has only lived in New Mexico about four years, has spent most of his adult life in California and because the prosecutions is not aware of any family ties to New Mexico.

Clayton also pointed to Daniels’ April 14, 2014 arrest. He was charged with negligent use of a deadly weapon because he was in possession of a loaded 9mm Glock pistol while under the influence.

At a Nov. 1 hearing, Judge Abigail Aragon ordered Daniels to be held without bond, pending trial. Daniels is being represented by a public defender.

Court documents list San Miguel County Republican Party chairman Rey Herrera as Daniels’ landlord and employer. According to court records, Herrera told investigators Daniels’ admitted to having “mental health issues/mental disorder.”

Herrera also told investigators Daniels “has anger problems” which lead to Herrera removing Daniels from his volunteer duties with the San Miguel County GOP.

Herrera confirmed to the Optic he was Daniels’ landlord, renting a bunkhouse on his ranch to Daniels for a few months. The rental agreement involved Daniels doing work on the ranch in order to pay his rent.

Herrera later rented part of the bunkhouse to Lucero.

“It’s kind of a duplex arrangement,” Herrera said. “He had the upstairs and (Daniels) had the downstairs.”

For a time prior to renting the bunkhouse, Daniels was living at the GOP campaign office on Bridge Street, but Herrera said it was only a couple of days per week. During that time, Herrera and his staff received multiple complaints about Daniels from business owners on Bridge Street.

“He was loud,” Herrera said. “He was aggressive, as opposed to being assertive. He was (an) in your face sort of person and did not seem to have the ability to tone it down.”

According to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court on Oct. 29, police were called to a stretch of Highway 276 in Rociada around 9 p.m. on Oct. 27 where they found Lucero’s body in the roadway.

Once police arrived, Daniels walked down to form the mountainside whistling at officers, with his hands up.

The Office of the Medical Investigator later ruled the cause of death to be four gunshot wounds. Police recovered two handguns from the hood of Daniels’ truck.

The motion for pretrial detention lists the physical evidence at the scene of the shooting as six empty 9mm casings and two 9mm Glock pistols.

Daniels is due to be transported to San Miguel Magistrate Court for a 9 a.m preliminary hearing on Dec. 13.