Hearing again delayed in attempted murder case

The Daily Times staff
Raul Dominguez Lopez Jr.

FARMINGTON — Prosecutors on Wednesday again delayed a preliminary examination hearing for Raul Dominguez Lopez Jr., the 29-year-old Farmington man charged with attempted murder in the Feb. 2 shooting at the Mesa Village Apartments.

San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien said Wednesday that Lopez's hearing will be held March 16.

O'Brien said the delay was again due to the poor health of Ryan Yazzie, the victim in the shooting.

Yazzie, 29, was shot in the head the night of Feb. 2 at an apartment at the Mesa Village Apartments, 1205 E. Elm St. in Farmington. Yazzie's girlfriend told detectives Lopez was the shooter, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Lopez and two acquaintances — Tia Largo and Denise George — were arrested Feb. 5 by U.S. Marshals at a residence in Albuquerque. Authorities released Largo, and George was arrested on an unrelated outstanding warrant.

A previous hearing for Lopez scheduled for Feb. 24 was delayed to allow Yazzie to recover from the shooting.

O'Brien said Yazzie is undergoing rehabilitation in Farmington, and he will not be available to testify at Lopez's hearing next week.

O'Brien said George will instead be transported from jail in Albuquerque to testify.

Lopez's attorney, Mark Curnutt, said he requested that his client be released Wednesday without bond, pending a new hearing, but the request was denied.

"I haven't had any opportunity to interview the alleged victims," Curnutt said. "Without that information, I don't know what happened."