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Murder count filed in El Llano shooting

SANTA FE — A man was apparently helping a neighbor move from a Santa Fe apartment complex to his new house in El Llano when he was fatally shot in the head Sunday night, according to court documents.

Jullian Medelez, 45, is charged with one count of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence for killing George Albert Lewis II. He’s also charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer for threatening to shoot State Police officers who were attempting to arrest him.

A statement of probable cause filed in Rio Arriba County Magistrate Court says State Police officers found Lewis dead on the floor in the living room of a house in El Llano, near Española, with a large pool of blood around his head. Medics arrived later and said he had been dead for up to two hours. There was a .22 caliber handgun on a recliner near the body.

A medical investigator later determined that Lewis had been shot once with a .22 caliber bullet that was no more than 6 inches from his face, the document says. A car outside that was registered to Medelez had blood on the roof and hood.

Although Medelez denied knowing Lewis, officers learned that the two had lived in the same apartment complex on Miguel Chavez Road in Santa Fe and that Lewis was helping Medelez move into his new place in El Llano.

When officers arrived at the house on El Caballo Quino Drive, Medelez walked out on the front porch with a knife and threatened to get his gun and shoot at the officers. He entered and exited the home multiple times.

“A short time later Jullian yelled at officers saying there was a dead man inside the house and said there was a ‘(expletive) man, lying on my floor, bleeding,'” according to the probable cause statement.

Officers were able to arrest Medelez, who “sustained minor injuries in the scuffle.”

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