By JOSH NEWTON
TAHLEQUAH — email@example.com
Prosecutors have formally filed first-degree murder charges in the June shooting death of a man on Basin Avenue.
Juan Carlos Caballero-Chavarria, who turns 30 this week, is charged with murder in the first degree and unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute.
Caballero-Chavarria fatally shot 35-year-old Carlos Manuel Ulloa-Redondo, prosecutors allege.
He has pleaded not guilty and remains in the Cherokee County Detention Center without bond.
Tahlequah police responded to Basin on June 23, after midnight, when witnesses reported seeing Caballero-Chavarria pull out a pistol and shoot Ulloa-Redondo outside of a home. Caballero-Chavarria then allegedly dragged the shooting victim into the home, and another gunshot was heard.
Members of Tahlequah’s SWAT team spent about 45 minutes trying to convince Caballero-Chavarria to exit the home and surrender, Tahlequah Police Chief Nate King said.
Ulloa-Redondo’s body was later found inside the home and covered with a blanket.
Police said the victim suffered three apparent gunshot wounds, including one to the head, one to the chest, and one to the abdomen.
Ulloa-Redondo is believed to have been a resident of Guatemala, though police said they also found a Honduras identification card with Redondo’s name on it.
During the investigation, police allegedly found more than 19 grams of methamphetamine that had been stashed under a child’s bed inside the home; a holstered pistol, along with live and spent shell casings from various firearms; at least seven cell phones; drug paraphernalia; and hundreds of dollars in cash.