Las Cruces Man Pleads Not Guilty To Killing Son's Neighbor

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man has pleaded not guilty to shooting and killing his son's neighbor in his driveway.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Santiago Rascon entered the plea Monday during his arraignment on charges of first-degree murder and evidence tampering.

His attorney, Robert Turner, said he wants his client to undergo a psychiatric exam to see if he is fit to stand trial.

Authorities say in December, the 71-year-old Rascon walked up to 29-year-old Edgar Segovia, who was sitting in his car, and fired off multiple rounds.

Segovia died at the scene.

According to investigators, Rascon told family members he had killed the victim. Those family members then notified police.

When questioned, Rascon said he wanted revenge for his son's July 2020 death. Police have not said how Rascon's son died and how it relates to the victim. But Rascon said Segovia had once called animal control on his son.