Man convicted of murder in death of Las Cruces man

Posted at: 10/30/2012 12:16 PM
By: The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A jury convicted a man of first-degree murder in the 2006 shooting death of a 19-year-old from Las Cruces.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the jury on Monday also convicted 28-year-old Victor Paiz of other charges in Jesus Bustillos' death.

Prosecutors say Bustillos wasn't the intended target of the attack, but happened to be driving a vehicle belonging to the intended target.

Authorities say the intended target had an earlier dispute with Paiz.

This is the second time Paiz has been tried in Bustillos' death.

Paiz was convicted in Bustillos' death four years ago, but a state Supreme Court ruling forced the case to be re-tried.

Justices ruled prosecutors had lumped a separate drug-trafficking count in with the murder charge, which could have prejudiced the jurors.