Shooting retrial begins Monday

Staff report
A retrial will begin Monday for a man convicted in a 1993 slaying of a Portales resident.

Arnoldo Navarette, 44, was sentenced to life in prison in September 2010 for the 1993 shooting death of Portales resident Reynaldo Ornelas, Sr.

The New Mexico Supreme Court overturned Navarette’s conviction in January 2013, saying Navarette’s rights were violated because he wasn’t allowed to confront the state pathologist who conducted the autopsy used as evidence, according to court documents.

Jury selection for the retrial begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Memorial Building in Portales.

Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover will prosecute the case with Randall Harris serving as defense attorney for Navarette. Judge Fred Van Soelen will preside.

Ornelas was killed on May 30, 1993, when someone opened fire at a Portales residence. A bystander was also shot in the arm as a result of the incident.

Law enforcement officials said Navarette moved back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico for 16 years after the killing.

He was arrested in June 2009 after officials received a tip that Navarette was working under an alias in Odessa, Texas.