Tahlequah Daily Press

November 8, 2013

Local man bound over for trial on murder charges

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A man being held for first-degree murder was bound over for trial this week.

Juan Carlos Caballero-Chavarria, 30, is charged with first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute.

He was arrested in June for allegedly shooting and killing 35-year-old Carlos Manuel Ulloa-Redondo at a home on Basin.

Caballero-Chavarria is jailed at the Cherokee County Detention Center without bond. He appeared this week for a preliminary hearing, where a judge found probable cause to send him to a jury trial.

He was ordered back for arraignment Dec. 19 at 1:30 p.m.

Caballero-Chavarria was arrested June 23 after Tahlequah police responded to Basin Avenue, where witnesses reported seeing Caballero-Chavarria pull out a pistol and shoot Ulloa-Redondo outside of a house.

He then allegedly dragged the shooting victim back into the home, and another gun shot was heard.

Members of Tahlequah’s SWAT team coaxed Caballero-Chavarria out of the home sometime later.

Ulloa-Redondo’s body was found inside the home, covered in a blanket, and having suffered gunshot wounds to the head, chest and abdomen.

Police allegedly found methamphetamine stashed under a child’s bed inside the home.

They also recovered a pistol, live and spent shell casings, seven cell phones, drug paraphernalia, and hundreds of dollars in cash.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com