Prosecution rests in Salas murder trial

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer

The prosecution went through all of its planned witnesses in the trial of Edward Salas — including his mother — before Thursday’s mid-day break and rested shortly after returning from lunch.

Salas, 23, faces charges in connection to the Sept. 15, 2005, shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez.

The defense is expected to begin its case this afternoon.

In Lisa Salas’ testimony, District Attorney Matt Chandler pointed out differences between her testimony Thursday and in the trial of another son, Demetrio Salas, who was convicted last year for first-degree murder in connection to Perez’ death.

In Thursday’s testimony, Lisa Salas said she didn’t see Edward Salas the morning of the shooting between the time she came home for work at 12:30 a.m. and going to bed at 1:30 a.m.

Chandler pointed out testimony from the previous trial that she said she had seen Demetrio and Edward in their beds before she went sleep.
“I lied, I guess,” she told Chandler.

Also, Chandler asked about the family’s Suburban, which Isidoro “Lolo” Salas, Lisa’s husband, said he reported stolen around 8 a.m. Sept. 15.

Chandler outlined prior statements from Edward Salas that his mother called him around 2 a.m., telling him he needed to come home because the Suburban had been stolen.

Lisa Salas said she was unaware the Suburban was missing until about the time her husband reported it stolen. Chandler added a report was never filed on the vehicle being stolen.

Other witnesses who testified Thursday morning included:

• Keith Farkas, a former Clovis Police Department detective. He did investigations of the Salas’ Suburban and another vehicle believed to be involved in the shooting. Presumptive tests for gunpowder were positive on both. Fingerprint and DNA evidence collected were inconclusive.

• Clovis Capt. Patrick Whitney participated in a search of the Salas home. He said about a dozen firearms were found in the residence. Three of the firearms were stolen —two were in Lolo Salas’ closet, the other in Demetrio Salas’ room. Also, a lockbox with ammunition and guns were discovered in Edward Salas’ room.

• David Loera, an investigator for the district attorney’s office, told jurors on Sept. 14-15 Edward Salas received three calls on his cell phone from his girlfriend, Martha Carbajal. Loera said two of those calls came at a time Edward Salas said he was with Carbajal.

• Dan Aguilar was the main contact for the Clovis Police Department during the shooting investigation. He spoke with Ashley Garcia on Sept. 15 about the shooting and said she was “extremely distraught.” He later spoke with Cassandra Flores in Muleshoe. Each has testified to being in the Toyota Camry with Noe Torres and Edward Salas on the night of the shooting. Both were able to identify Edward Salas in a photo lineup.

Torres is charged in the shooting but remains at large.