Suspects in Storrie Lake shootings to remain jailed until trial

Suspects in Storrie Lake shootings to remain jailed until trial

From the Las Vegas Optic

The two men accused of killing 16-year-old Adelina Tafoya and injuring two other teens in a July shooting will remain in custody at the San Miguel County Detention Center until trial.

Nico L. Barela, 30, was arrested July 24. Roger A. Tait-Gomez, 29, was arrested in the early-morning hours of July 28. Both men are charged with an open count of murder in the first degree and multiple other charges relating to the July 6 shooting.

Late last week, the Fourth Judicial District Attorney’s Office filed motions asking the court to detain Barela and Tait-Gomez until trial, calling both men a danger to the community.

During a District Court hearing Wednesday, the DA’s office presented its arguments to have Tait-Gomez held until trial, citing that he fled the scene of the shooting, was on the run for 22 days and failed to surrender to police while hiding in his mother’s home.

That refusal to surrender began a nearly 5-hour standoff which ended after police deployed a tactical robot and fired tear gas into the home, according to the motion. Officers found Tait-Gomez hiding beneath the floor, under a trapdoor covered with a rug and a wheelchair.