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Man charged with murder of 78-year-old man in Socorro grocery store parking lot

Chauhtemoc Sanchez Espinoza, 40, is accused in the murder of a 78-year-old man.

UPDATE #1, JAN. 29: Deputies arrested a man Saturday in connection with the murder of a 78-year-old man in a Socorro grocery store parking lot.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office arrested 40-year-old Chauhtemoc Sanchez Espinoza in connection with the deadly attack of 78-year-old Rogelio Gonzalez.

Socorro police arrived on scene and found two men in the parking lot of the Vista Quality Market, one man standing and one man laying on the ground "unresponsive with no signs of life," according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies charged Espinoza with murder. He was booked into the detention center on a $1,000,000.00 bond.

ORIGINAL STORY, JAN. 29: SOCORRO, Texas - Officers found a man dead Saturday morning in a Socorro grocery store parking lot, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

According to authorities, at about 10:30 a.m., Socorro police responded to a report of a fight in the parking lot of Vista Quality Market near the intersection of Alameda Avenue and Moon Road.

Upon arrival, officers found one man dead. The sheriff's office has since taken over the investigation.

Deputies could not say what led to the attack or how the man was killed. They also have yet to announce any arrests.

The deadly attack happened during a busy Saturday morning when dozens of customers were getting groceries.

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Kate Bieri

Kate Bieri is ABC-7’s New Mexico Mobile Newsroom reporter and co-anchors ABC-7’s weekend evening newscasts.


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