Santa Fe police: Suspect arrested in 2018 homicide case

New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (The Santa Fe New Mexican) — Police in Santa Fe say a suspect has been arrested in the 2018 fatal shooting of a man during an altercation in his backyard.

They say 26-year-old Joseph Jones is jailed on suspicion of murder, tampering with evidence, attempt to commit aggravated burglary and residential burglary.

Police say 52-year-old Robert Romero was shot and killed at his home in central Santa Fe on July 30, 2018.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports detectives have been investigating the case using several types of new technology, including DNA testing and genetic analysis.

A genetic data profile of the shooter was created from a DNA sample left at the crime scene.

Police say they narrowed a list of possible suspects to three potential matches and identified Jones as the suspect.

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