Seventeen-year-old pleads guilty to 2nd Degree Murder, Armed Robbery and other charges.

Seventeen-year-old pleads guilty to 2nd Degree Murder, Armed Robbery and other charges.

April 7, 2022 | Las Cruces, NM—Adrian Chacon, 18, plead guilty to Second Degree Murder, Armed Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery and Abuse of a Child (Not resulting in death) at the time of arrest Chacon was 17 years old.   He was tried with adult sentencing.

On August 4, 2020, Las Cruces Police Officers were dispatched to shots fired and a car wrecked into a fence on Branson Ave.  Officers observed a woman screaming that “he’s been shot, hurry, he’s shot!  Officers found the victim Fabian Lopez hunched over the vehicle steering wheel with a gunshot to his chest. The officers proceeded to render CPR, awaiting EMS and Fire Department personnel to arrive.  The victim was transported from the scene, he succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

Officers investigating the scene, found pills at the scene and witnesses, including the victim’s girlfriend with her baby who had been in the car when the incident happened.  LCPD issued a Crime Stoppers Seeking Person of Interest news release that led them to an arrest of Adrian Chacon and two other juveniles.  The other two juveniles were apprehended in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Utilizing social media tech in their investigation, the LCPD criminal investigation unit was able to piece together the drug transaction that was to take place, and with the help of the witness report detailing the final outcome of the incident.


Doña Ana County District Attorney Gerald Byers’ office serves the communities of Las Cruces, Sunland Park, Anthony, Chaparral, Hatch, Mesilla, and several smaller towns within the Third Judicial District.  This office is committed to educating the public about the services we provide and serving those who come in contact with our criminal justice system.  The office handles over 5700 cases a year.  Our Trial attorneys prosecute in the Third Judicial District Magistrate Court and District Court, including the Veterans Court and DWI specialty court in Doña Ana County.   The office employs 60 people to serve anyone who comes in contact with the criminal justice system.   Our office is dedicated to keeping our community safe.