Clovis police looking for 2 wanted men charged for murder after 16-year-old found dead in apartment

Published: Aug. 18, 2022 at 5:14 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 18, 2022 at 10:06 PM CDT
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CLOVIS, N.M. (KFDA) - Clovis officials are looking for two men who are wanted for multiple charges including murder after a 16-year-old was found dead earlier this week.

According to officials, on August 14, at 10:21 p.m., Clovis police responded to the apartments near Sycamore about a gunshot victim.

When officers arrived, they found a 16-year-old man identified as Jessie Villanes-Lerma, dead from a gunshot wound to his neck, inside an apartment.

A resident of the apartment who was with Lerma during the incident and who also had his 11-month-old child in the home told investigators that two armed men entered his apartment.

The resident began struggling with the two gunmen when Lerma came to his aid from another room within the apartment.

When Lerma confronted one of the gunmen, he was shot and killed and the two gunmen fled the scene.

Security video was recovered from inside the apartment by investigators, which matches the resident’s story.

Officials say from evidence found at the scene of the incident along with statements made by the resident, the shooting was the result of drugs being sold from the apartment.

During this investigation, 42-year-old Jimmy Whitlock was identified as the shooter.

Additionally, 29-year-old Deionte Fannin has been identified as Whitlock’s accomplice.

Both Whitlock and Fannin have active warrants for their arrest in connection to this shooting, which includes murder, aggravated burglary, felon in possession of a firearm, child abuse, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary, and larceny of a firearm.

If you have any information on the location of these two men, call the Clovis Police Department at 575-769-1921.

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