Farmington man arrested in shooting of ex-girlfriend

Steve Garrison The Daily Times
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FARMINGTON — A 26-year-old Farmington man was arrested Sunday morning in connection to the nonfatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend at a trailer southwest of Aztec.

Logan Cheney was charged Monday with first-degree attempted murder, shooting at an occupied building and tampering with evidence, according to a San Juan County Sheriff's Office press release.

Deputies from the sheriff's office were dispatched shortly after midnight Sunday to a residence at No. 17 County Road 3029 after receiving reports of a shooting, according to an arrest warrant.

Shaylin Todeschi's boyfriend, Logan Richter, told dispatchers that someone had shot Todeschi in the face and chest while the couple was inside the residence, the warrant states. Richter said he believed the shooter was likely Todeschi's jilted ex-boyfriend, Cheney.

A New Mexico State Police officer observed Cheney driving a silver Honda Civic near East Main Street and Beckland Drive shortly after the shooting, the warrant states. The officer followed the vehicle to a residence at 3624 Tijeras Ave. and made contact with Cheney.

Cheney claimed his vehicle had not been moved in three weeks and that he was hanging out with a friend earlier in the evening, the release states. He denied being involved in a shooting.

However, the officer noted the hood of Cheney's vehicle was warm to the touch, the warrant states.

Todeschi was taken to San Juan Regional Medical Center after the shooting. She told detectives at the hospital that she was playing video games at Richter's home when she heard a tap on the window. The couple ignored the sound, Todeschi said, and, a short time later, she heard four or five gunshots, according to the warrant.

She told detectives her face went numb and she lost hearing in her right ear.

Hospital spokesman Haroon Ahmad said Todeschi was in fair condition as of noon Monday.

Todeschi told police she dated Cheney for about nine months, but they broke up in late March.

She told police he attempted suicide when they broke up and she had not spoken to him since, the warrant states.

Richter told police he had been friends with Cheney since childhood, and they were employed by the same company.

Several 9-millimeter shell casings were found outside the trailer, the warrant states. Officers also located shoe impressions, tire markings and two bullet holes in the side of the trailer, the warrant states.

Cheney's father told police he kept a 9-millimeter handgun on his bedside table loaded with eight hollow-point bullets.

A detective unloaded the father's gun and noted there were only four rounds loaded and it smelled like burnt propellant.

The father took the gun, smelled it and broke down crying, the warrant states.

An initial court appearance has not yet been scheduled, according to court records.

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