Farmington woman appears in court on attempted murder charge

Steve Garrison The Daily Times
The Daily Times

AZTEC — Charmaine Lucero made an initial court appearance Friday morning to answer accusations that she shot a 26-year-old man Monday outside the Farmers Market in Bloomfield.

She appeared visibly surprised to hear the maximum sentence she faced for attempted first-degree murder: nine years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

She faces an additional 27 years in prison if convicted of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, shooting at a motor vehicle, causing great bodily harm, tampering with evidence and first-offense child abuse.

Prosecutors allege that Lucero, 25, shot Cameron Burton Monday outside the Farmers Market, 401 W. Broadway Ave. in Bloomfield, after a dispute in the grocery store parking lot.

Burton and Lucero did not know each other, according to an arrest warrant, but Burton and his wife were allegedly giving Lucero "dirty looks" inside the grocery store prior to the shooting.

Burton was shot in the left side of his face and was found by police at a gas station near the grocery store. He was transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released Tuesday.

Lucero was identified as the shooter based on surveillance video and eyewitness statements, the warrant states.

She fled the scene in a gold Cadillac occupied by two children — ages 17 and 3 — and another woman, Theresa Vance.

Lucero was located at a residence on County Road 5060 in San Juan County about an hour after the shooting and placed under arrest, the warrant states.

She initially denied shooting Burton, but eventually admitted to committing the act, according to the warrant.

She told detectives that Burton was yelling at them and began approaching their vehicle before she shot him, the warrant states.

The gun used in the shooting was not located, according to the warrant.

Lucero requested a court-appointed attorney at her initial appearance.

She is being held on a $500,000 cash-only bond and is expected to appear at a preliminary hearing on Feb. 19.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and Follow him on Twitter @SteveGarrisonDT on Twitter.