Two charged in deadly Roswell beating | KOB 4

Two charged in deadly Roswell beating

Casey Torres
May 08, 2018 03:11 PM

ROSWELL, N.M. — Police are still working to identify a man who was beaten to death under a bridge near Main and Hendricks streets last Friday.


Before midnight, they received a phone call from a person who heard yelling under the bridge. Colby Thornton, 41, and Dublas Chicas, 17, have been charged with second-degree murder.

Todd Wildermuth, the public information officer for the Roswell Police Department, they believe the victim was homeless. He was pronounced dead at the scene. On Tuesday, police identified the victim as 52-year-old Todd Porter Evans.

A man who wants to remain anonymous said he thinks the victim could be his friend. He said he had helped him find his jacket."He realized he had left his camouflage coat or shirt. He had left it behind one of the convenient stores over here at Stripes and he had asked me to go get it for him." the man said.

After helping his friend find his jacket, he hasn’t seen him again. He said his friend was planning on moving to Texas to improve his life on the night the homicide happened.

The man said he doesn’t know if the victim is or isn't his friend, but he knows one thing for certain: not having a home puts someone at greater risk.

"We're all vulnerable when we're out on the street, especially when you're by yourself," he said. "You really don’t know anybody."

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Roswell Police Department at (575) 624-6770.


Casey Torres

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