Suspect in Ignacio killing in N.M. jail

Two Farmington men held in shooting death

The second suspect in the shooting death of 39-year-old Joey Benavidez is being held in the San Juan County, N.M., Adult Detention Center.

Deputy U.S. Marshals arrested 19-year-old Tommy Lee Mitchell on Friday night after tracking him to a Farmington trailer park.

Authorities issued a warrant for Mitchell’s arrest on charges of first-degree murder late last week.

A video arraignment for Mitchell will take place today through the San Juan County Magistrate Court. Mitchell will remain at the San Juan County jail during the video arraignment.

No bond has been set.

The first suspect, 18-year-old Elijah Timothy Anglin, was arrested Wednesday, and he is being held at the La Plata County jail on $1 million bail.

Anglin and Mitchell, both of Farmington, are suspected of shooting and killing Benavidez at his mother’s house, a few miles southwest of Ignacio, about 4:10 p.m. Tuesday.

District Attorney Todd Risberg characterized the shooting death as a drug deal gone bad.

District Judge David Dickinson issued a gag order in the case Friday, during Anglin’s second appearance in 6th Judicial District Court.

Anyone with information is asked to call La Plata County Sheriff’s Investigator Dan Patterson at 382-7015 or Investigator Jim Hendricks at 382-7018.

The Marshals Service said several law-enforcement agencies were searching the Farmington trailer park Friday when Mitchell ran out the back door of one home. He was captured quickly, and the trailer’s owner was arrested for harboring a felon.

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