CARLSBAD, N.M. — A jury has returned a guilty verdict against an Artesia man who said he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot a New Mexico State University student who was home to visit his family.
The jury deliberated two hours Friday before convicting 23-year-old Daniel Aguilera of second-degree murder in the 2015 killing of Andres Rojo.
Aguilera also was convicted of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in the wounding of Rojo’s brother, Luis.
Prosecutor Ariane Navarrette said Monday at the beginning of the trial Aguilera was upset about not being invited to a party, and no one else was armed during the confrontation before the shooting.
Defense attorney Gokul Krishna Sripada said Aguilera thought he saw Rojo reach for a gun, and he issued a warning before shooting.