LOCAL NEWS

Local Man Charged With Murder, Arson

By Carlos Padilla

HERALD Editor

Willie Garcia Jr., 27, of Truth or Consequences, was arrested Thursday evening, May 17, and charged with four felony counts, including first-degree murder, second-degree arson, third-degree tampering with evidence and third-degree burglary.

We are working on confirming all of the details, however, we can confirm that Garcia is suspected in the early Saturday morning, May 5 arson fire that destroyed a building in Las Palomas.

Human remains were found at that location, and are believed to belong to a local man missing since the night of Friday, May 4.

Officials have identified the missing man as 27-year-old Mical Lee Culpepper of Truth or Consequences.

An account has been set up under Mical Lee Culpepper’s name at Bank of the Southwest in Truth or Consequences, to assist Culpepper’s family with funeral expenses.

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