Roswell man arrested in murder of Tucumcari truck driver

Brandon H. Barela
Brandon H. Barela

A Roswell man is in custody in Chavez County, charged with the murder of a Tucumcari truck driver.

Twenty-four-year-old Brandon H. Barela is incarcerated in Roswell, charged with an open count of murder.

Authorities had been looking for Barela for the past two days after a body had been found near Clovis Thursday morning on Highway 523.

The body was officially identified today following an autopsy by a medical examiner in Albuquerque.

The victim, 51-ear-old Ron Hittson, was a truck driver from Tucumcari.

Hittson was found about 7 in the morning at the intersection of Highway 523 and County Road "G", also known as Sugar Beat Road.

Officials say Hittson met Barela and some other people at a local bar.

A dispute apparently broke out between the two men after a night of drinking.

Investigators believe other people may have been present at the dispute and more arrests are possible.

Barela is being held on a $500,000 bond and will be extradited to Curry County in three or four days.