Hearing delayed in attempted murder case

Steve Garrison
Raul Dominguez Lopez Jr.

FARMINGTON – A preliminary examination hearing for Raul Dominguez Lopez Jr. was delayed Wednesday to allow for the continued recovery of the 29-year-old Farmington man he is accused of shooting.

San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien said the shooting victim, Ryan Yazzie, was released from the Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo., on Monday and is recovering here.

O'Brien said Yazzie will be able to testify at a new hearing, expected to be held in two weeks.

Lopez's attorney, Mark Curnutt, could not be reached for comment.

Lopez, 28, is accused of shooting Yazzie in the head on the night of Feb. 2 at an apartment at the Mesa Village Apartments, 1205 E. Elm St. in Farmington.

Yazzie's girlfriend told detectives that Lopez and two of his friends — Tia Largo and Denise George — arrived at the apartment at about 11:10 p.m. on Feb. 2, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

The girlfriend, who has not been identified by police, said an argument broke out between George and Yazzie, the affidavit states.

Yazzie threw Lopez, Largo and George out of the residence, but Lopez returned with a handgun and shot Yazzie above the right eye, according to the affidavit.

Lopez and George were arrested Feb. 5 at a residence in Albuquerque by the U.S. Marshals Service. George was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Largo was also found at the residence and detained, but later released.

Farmington police spokeswoman Georgette Allen said Wednesday both Largo and George were cooperating with the investigation.

Lopez was being held on a $100,000 bond on charges of attempted murder, aggravated burglary and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.