Carlsbad Man Convicted In Artesia Killing

Sep 9, 2013

A 30-year-old Carlsbad man has been convicted in the shooting death of a 50-year-old Artesia man.

A state District Court jury on Saturday convicted Matthew Sloan of first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and burglary in the case stemming from the January 2012 death of Tim Wallace.

According to police, Sloan posed as a member of a drug task force when he and two other men went to Wallace's house looking for drugs.

A fight broke out, and Wallace was killed when a rifle fired and the bullet struck him in the head.

Sloan could be sentenced to life in prison.

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