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Murder charges filed months after Hobbs shooting

Bishop Henderson (Courtesy Hobbs Police Department)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A man accused of opening fire at a crowded house party in Hobbs — killing three people and wounding four — is being charged with murder months after the crime.

Bishop Henderson, 19, faces three counts of first-degree murder in the Aug. 25 deaths of Lamar Lee-Kane Jr., 22, Khalil Carter, 18, and Kristal Avena, 24.

He is behind bars at the Lea County Detention Center.

Henderson was already facing four counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in connection with the shooting. The murder charges were tacked on in an amended criminal complaint filed Tuesday in 5th Judicial District Court.

Rontrell Hills, Michael Major, Turon Windham and Jasmine Stansell were injured in the shooting.

According to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday:

Hobbs police responded to a loud party at a home in the 1700 block of East Bond around 12:30 a.m.

It was the second time they had been called to the home for loud music that night. But this time, arriving officers found Lee-Kane Jr., Carter and Avena dead in the backyard.

Soon afterward, police found Hills, Major and Stansell in a red truck a few miles away. All three had been shot and told officers it happened in the backyard during the house party.

At some point, Windham went a local hospital with a gunshot wound to the face.

Officers searched the home and spoke with witnesses who said the DJ at the party, later identified at Henderson, opened fire in the backyard.

Police spoke with Henderson an hour before the shooting when they responded to the home earlier in the night.

One witness told police it wasn’t long afterward that Henderson pulled a gun out and fired it into the air several times as he was playing music.

Then, the witness said, Henderson aimed the gun at a man playing beer pong across the yard and shot him. The court document doesn’t say when the other people were shot or specify a motive for the shooting.

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