Farmington man accused of murdering five-year-old son appears in court
FARMINGTON — A Farmington man accused of killing his five-year-old son Sunday made his first court appearance Monday.
Fernando Azofeifa, 45, has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault in two separate cases, according to a San Juan County Sheriff's Office press release.
San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien said Azofeifa's first appearance in Aztec Magistrate Court took place Monday afternoon.
He stated the DA's office plans to file a motion to hold Azofeifa without bond pending trial. A date has not yet been set for the hearing.
Assault, murder allegations
The press release details a search for Azofeifa after deputies learned he pointed a rifle at a man during a custody exchange involving the mother of his child on Saturday in Kirtland.
The incident occurred at a residence on County Road 6517, according to San Juan County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Jayme Harcrow.
A warrant was issued for Azofeifa's arrest on the aggravated assault charge and deputies started to search for him.
He was later located Sunday afternoon in a Farmington apartment.
The child's mother received a text message from Azofeifa around 1 p.m., stating she would never see her son again, according to the press release.
Deputies then knocked on the door of the apartment and took Azofeifa into custody.
The deceased child was located while Azofeifa was being taken into custody.
The release said Azofeifa confessed to the murder during an interview with detectives.
Harcrow said the child's body has been sent to the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator, and she believes a cause of death should be determined in a few days.
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Suspect worked at golf course, prep school
The press release states Azofeifa is employed at the Riverview Golf Course in Kirtland as a Golf Professional.
San Juan County Spokesperson Devin Neeley said the golf course has started the process to terminate him from his position. He said Azofeifa's employment should be terminated sometime today.
A Fernando Azofeifa Archibald is listed on the Navajo Preparatory School's website as the Head Golf Coach.
Shawna Becenti, head of school for Navajo Prep, said the school cannot publicly comment on personnel matters.
The website gives a brief biography of Azofeifa, stating he was born in Costa Rica and listing where he attended high school and college. It states he had two children; a son and a daughter.
Azofeifa was the assistant soccer coach for three years before taking on the head golf coach position.
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