A 25-year-old Albuquerque, N.M. man, wanted in his home state for the Feb. 5 gunshot slaying of a 24-year-old Army veteran, will make a formal arraignment appearance in Carter County District Court today on a first-degree robbery charge.
Matthew Chavez waived his right to a preliminary hearing last week in the case charging him with robbing the local Hastings store March 4. Chavez robbed the local store, after he and 22-year-old Victoria Trimble arrived in Ardmore in their flight to evade arrest in the murder of Tyler L. Lackey.
The young veteran was shot to death near an Albuquerque ATM machine in what is believed to have been a robbery attempt.
Chavez and Trimble, waived extradition to Albuquerque within days of their arrest by U.S. Marshals at WinStar Casino in Thackerville just two hours after the Ardmore holdup. But while Chavez was charged in the local robbery, Trimble, who had waited in the couple’s car during the holdup, did not face Carter County District Court charges. Mike Armstrong, Carter County Detention Center administrator, said New Mexico authorities have already transported Trimble back to Albuquerque.
“It’s my understanding as soon as the Carter County case against him (Chavez) is done, New Mexico will come in and take him back,” Armstrong said Tuesday.
Shortly after the pair was captured March 4, Sgt. Larry Payne, Ardmore Police Department Patrol Division, said U.S. Marshals on the trail of the couple had arrived in Ardmore just hours before the robbery. The couple’s location was confirmed when they checked into a local motel using their own identities.