James Luke Miller, 26, of Carrizozo, was arraigned in Magistrate Court
on Tuesday afternoon on charges of first-degree murder and tampering
with evidence, following a shooting incident that resulted in the
death of an Oscuro man Monday evening.
Judge Martha Proctor set Miller’s bond at $500,000 cash only. A
preliminary hearing is expected to be scheduled within the next couple
of days. Miller is currently being held at the Lincoln County
Lincoln County Sherriff’s deputies received a 911 call of a man shot
at 5 p.m. Monday. Deputies arrived at 10795 Hwy. 54 in Oscuro about
twenty minutes later to find the victim dead of an apparent gun shot
wound, according to Undersheriff Robert Shepperd.
Miller confessed to witnesses that he had shot the victim, said Shepperd.
New Mexico State Police assisted in serving warrants at the crime
scene and at Miller’s listed residence at 1106 Fifth St. in Carrizozo.
An investigation is still ongoing, and the name and age of the victim
will be released pending notification of next of kin, said Shepperd.