Storrie Lake shooting suspect remains jailed despite request for release

Storrie Lake shooting suspect remains jailed despite request for release

From the Las Vegas Optic

A man charged in the July shooting death of 16-year-old Adelina Tafoya will remain in jail despite pleas from his mother that he be released.

During a Sept. 11 arraignment hearing, the attorney for Roger A. Tait-Gomez, 29, asked the court to release him so he can care for his ailing mother. Tait-Gomez’s mother told Judge Flora Gallegos that she has health issues and needs her son out of jail to help her attend medical appointments, according to records filed in the Fourth Judicial District Court.

Tait-Gomez has been in custody at the San Miguel County Detention Center since July 28 while he awaits trial. He and 30-year-old Nico L. Barela were charged with first-degree murder following a Jul 6 shooting near Storrie Lake State Park that claimed the life of Tafoya and injured two other teens. According to police, Tait-Gomez and Barela fired multiple shots at a car carrying six teens ranging in age from 14 to 17.

Tait-Gomez’s mother appeared at the hearing via video, telling the court that she needs her son’s help with things like shopping for groceries, which she said she hasn’t been able to do since he was arrested.

The woman said that Tait-Gomez’s girlfriend, Skye A. Sedillo, 21, has been living with her while on house arrest, but Sedillo is unable to drive, so she cannot assist with getting groceries or in taking her to appointments.

Sedillo was arrested Aug. 10 after Las Vegas police located her in a car outside SMCDC with a package containing methamphetamine and heroin, according to court records. Police allege Sedillo was attempting to sneak the package to Tait-Gomez inside the jail.

During the hearing, Deputy District Attorney Tom Clayton asked the court to hold Tait-Gomez without bond, citing the severity of the charges against him, and that one child was killed, one is still fighting for her life and that Tait-Gomez admitted to police that he fired several shots at the car with the teens inside.