Man Charged In Las Cruces Murder

Las Cruces – Dona Ana County Sheriff's Investigators have made an arrest following the discovery of Jack L. Hadley's body on Sept. 23, 2011.

According to investigators, Mario A. Mendez, 25, has been booked into the Do a Ana County Detention Center, charged with one count of capital murder, one count of first degree kidnapping, aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon, arson, tampering with evidence, larceny, and disposing of stolen property. Judge Richard Silva has ordered Mendez to be held without bond.

Jack Hadley was found dead inside his home in the 5600 block of Camino Esdcondida in southeast Las Cruces, after Dona Ana County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the residence on a fire call.

As part of the investigation, a nationwide search was conducted for a 1997 gold Ford Taurus, which was seen leaving the area around the time Hadley was murdered. Mendez, the alleged driver of the car, is the only person charged in connection with Hadley's death.