CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – An Artesia man pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence in a 2020 homicide. The Eddy County Sheriff’s Office reports Dominic James Wade was sentenced to six years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections on Nov. 30.


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ECSO states that on June 2, 2020 deputies were dispatched to the Artesia General Hospital regarding a male who had been shot. After arriving, deputies learned that the male, later identified as 28-year-old Alonso Valdez had died.

Deputies determined the shooting took place on Crystal Drive in Artesia. Authorities responded to the address and following an investigation, 18-year-old Dominic James Wade was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence.