Affidavit: Clash at NMSU vs. UNM football game led to deadly shooting setup

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — An affidavit obtained by KTSM Monday morning identifies at least one different suspect within the deadly shooting at the University of New Mexico campus over the weekend involving New Mexico State males’s basketball participant Mike Peake. The shooting resulted within the loss of life of 19-year-old UNM scholar Brandon Travis.

According to an arrest doc, Peake had been talking with a 17-year-old UNM scholar recognized as ‘M’ for some time, and the pair agreed to meet up whereas he was on the town. According to ‘M,’ her good friend Brandon Travis knew she’d been talking with Peake and requested her to set him up so he and his pals might leap him, and ‘M’ agreed.

‘M’ advised investigators the set-up was retaliation to a combat at the UNM vs. NMSU homecoming game in Las Cruces on October 15.

The affidavit signifies she advised investigators that she, Johnathan Smith, Brandon Travis, and one other man recognized as Travis’s roommate have been of their dorm room and deliberate how they’d beat up Peake. She advised investigators the plan was for her to stroll with Peake outdoors of Coronado Hall, and as soon as the trio of males “rolled up” on Peake, she was supposed to run away and never return.

Peake allegedly took an Uber to meet with ‘M’ at her dorm, the place she met him outdoors, the place the three males approached, and she or he noticed Travis level a gun at Peake’s face. She additionally advised police one of many different suspects had a bat on him. She advised investigators she ran inside and later heard gunshots.

According to the arrest affidavit, police decided from witness interviews and safety digicam footage that Peake was hit within the leg with a bat by Travis’s roommate, then proceeded to run away. As he ran, Travis fired his gun at Peake; Peake then took his personal firearm from his pocket and fired again at Travis.

Per the affidavit, Peake hit Travis, at which level Travis fired at Peake once more, hitting him within the leg. The different two witnesses ran away and weren’t injured.

The two males who weren’t injured claimed they referred to as 911 and pressed the campus assist button. Smith stated he threw his telephone below a automobile, understanding he might be tracked to the scene by way of GPS.

In a second interview with Jonathan Smith, investigators realized that whereas Smith knew Travis owned a gun, he didn’t suppose he would carry it to the set-up as a result of they by no means talked about it.

Smith allegedly advised police they broke again into the Coronado dormitory with a bat, the place they modified garments and returned to the crime scene. They blended in with the group gathered at the scene and watched because the police tried to render assist to Travis, who was already lifeless.

Smith was charged with Aggravated Battery, Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Battery, and two counts of Tampering with Evidence. He is being held on a $10,000 bond within the Bernalillo County Jail.

According to New Mexico State Police, ‘M’ is charged with Aggravated Battery and Conspiracy. In New Mexico, 17-year-olds are charged as juveniles, and her identify is being withheld.

Travis’s roommate has not been charged with against the law as of Monday morning.

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