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Los Lunas Valencia County News (Newspaper) - February 1, 1973, Los Lunas, New Mexico Valencia county a Quot we my Baca wont be seeking same Job grand jury indicts 2 on homicide Alice Zallaha 48, owner of the Al Nido supper club near los Chavez and Charles Richard Tigert 32, bartender at the club were indicted by the grand jury monday on a charge of homicide in connection with the shooting death of Billy Eugene Howell 30, of los Chavez. Arraignment before District court is expected within a week according to led Bowden District attorney. He indicated trial would be set for the March court docket. The shooting occurred about 2 30 Friday morning. Sheriffs Deputy Nick Sanchez who was called to the scene said he found Howells body lying in the front Yard of the Howell Home. Tony Perea investigator for the District attorney said statements from witnesses in the Home led to the arrest of mrs. Zallaha and Tigert. They were arrested Early Friday morning in mrs. Zallaha a trailer Home near the supper club. An autopsy showed Howell died of a gunshot wound apparently fired at close Range through the Side of the neck. He died from a severed carotid artery assistant District attorney Martin Pearl said the autopsy showed. He said there were powder Burns on the neck and Lead and fragments of a Bullet found in the neck. Indications were there May have been a disagreement Between Howell and Tigert and mrs. Zallaha before the shooting. Both mrs. Zallaha and Tigert were charged with first degree murder Friday morning before magistrate Gillie Sanchez of Belen. Bond was set at $15,0q0 Cash or $30,000 property. Mrs. Zallaha was released from jail on $15,000 Cash Bond Friday afternoon and Tigert posted Bond and was released saturday. Howden said the first degree murder charge carries lesser degrees of homicide with it. A request for reduction of the Bond by attorney Richard c. Losh of Albuquerque representing both mrs. Zallaha and Tigert was denied by Sanchez. Howden said Perea and sheriffs deputies Are continuing the investigation. Funeral services were held monday at Romero funeral Home Chapel for Howell who moved to new Mexico from Wyoming four years ago. The family had lived in los Chavez about two years. Howell was a truck Driver. He is survived by his wife Dyanne two sons Jeff 9, and Tim 7, and a daughter april to his parents Walter Thomas Howell of Missouri and Letha Wagner of Wyoming five Sisters Jeddy of California Debbie Sharon Kathy and Carol All of Wyoming a brother Tom of Rhode Island and his grandmother Ethel Howell also of Wyoming. Services were conducted by Rev. Milford Misener. Pallbearers were Charlie Fouch Ken on location Isleta youngsters take part in the Community Pride part of the filming of a television commercial which is scheduled for showing next month. Proctor and Gamble chose the Isleta group after hearing about projects of 4-h ers boy scouts and others. The site where the film was made will be a baseball Field and recreation area. Scrambling to give mothers their dirty shirts after a clean up project Isleta boys act out their part in a television commercial. Additional pictures and Story on Page 8 Crady Leo Newson Carl a. Osterman de Deon and Jerry Ortiz. John Lowe and Bill Roach and Jack Parish were honorary pallbearers. Others indicted by the grand jury monday were Bobby Castillo and Manuel Lujan escape from prison and unlawful taking of a vehicle Walter Mcbride and Bobby Dale Foutch larceny and Billy Fisher Sale of marijuana to a minor. Says he has a no plans Bernard Baca los Lunas school superintendent said this week he will not be seeking employment As superintendent in the coming school year. In a move that came As a Surprise to some Baca made his announcement in a letter to Board chairman Elfego Orona. Baca told the news he has a no special plans a and that he did not think there would be any a hard feelings Quot among Board member regarding his move. Baca said he Felt that much has been accomplished during his tenure in los Lunas. A Many programs have been organized much building has been done Quot he said. His letter continued a it is True that some programs have been tried and failed and others have succeeded. Some things Are yet to be done proper organization of the transportation system has eluded us All these years it must be Baca said the building problems in los Lunas will continue a unless state and Federal help is a i Hope you will find positive evidence As you look Back on my tenure that things were he continued. A i know that the Board backed me up even though we made the Board re hired Baca in 1971, giving him a two year contract. The previous year he was hired on a one year contract. Baca has been a under fire from some areas and was a target in portions of the governors evaluation committee report completed last year. Before coming to los Lunas Baca was with the Belen school system and had served As vocational education instructor principal and administrator. Elections tuesday polls will open at 8 a.m., tuesday for school Board elections in los Lunas and Belen and if interest is any indication it will be a Lively Day in los Lunas where a a campaigns and activities by supporters of the two candidates have Given the election an Aura of a county race. In los Lunas Fred Luna the incumbent is opposed by Nino Trujillo for the six year position. See meet the candidates on Page 3. In Belen four men Are seeking the position now held by Gillie Sanchez Long time Board member. They include Richard smart and John Campay both of Rio Grande estates Joe a. Garcia of los Trujillo and Larry August of los Chavez. The polls will close at 7 . And Absentee ballots will be among those counted this year. Polling places for los Lunas Are los Lunas i and 2, Ward a los Lunas administration building. Continued on Page 3

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