Man charged in knife fight at Navajo Dam bar

Steve Garrison
Ray Luther

AZTEC – A 65-year-old man was accused last week of using a knife to threaten a man at a bar in Navajo Dam.

Ray Luther was charged No. 20 in Aztec Magistrate Court with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and negligent use of a deadly weapon while intoxicated.

Luther was being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $75,000 bond, according to court records.

His attorney, Scott Johnson, did not respond to a request for comment.

A deputy from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office was dispatched at 5 p.m. on Nov. 18 to the Sportsman's Inn, 1810 N.M. Highway 173 in Navajo Dam, after receiving reports an intoxicated customer stabbed another man with a knife, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Adam Ledford told the deputy at the scene Luther came into the bar drunk, and armed with both a knife and a revolver. Ledford said he told Luther to leave and took away the gun, the affidavit states.

He said he escorted Luther outside, and Luther pulled out the 8-inch hunting knife. The two men fought over the knife, and Ledford received a 1-inch cut on his finger, according to the affidavit.

Ledford told the deputy he eventually wrestled the knife away from Luther, and Luther was driven home by a woman at the bar. The deputy seized the revolver and the hunting knife, the affidavit states.

Luther was found by the deputy passed out on the front porch of his home at No. 3 County Road 4267, according to the affidavit. He did not provide a statement, the affidavit states.

Luther was convicted of his fifth drunken driving offense, a felony, in 2011, according to court records.