Man kills friend in fight over religion: New Mexico cops



“Someone is going to die tonight,” the Alabama man charged in the shooting said, according to media reports. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)


A man is accused of shooting and killing his friend in a New Mexico oil field after they argued over religion, according to media reports.

The fatal shooting occurred just before midnight on May 17 at a oil yard in Eddy Countythe sheriff’s office said in a news release.

The Eddy County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment further on the matter, but KRQE reported that 29-year-old Tevin Morrissette of Alabama and 33-year-old Avery Weathers of Louisiana were drinking when the subject of religion was broached.

The discussion turned into an argument and escalated into a physical fight, according to the outlet.

A colleague tried to break up the fightaccording to the Albuquerque Journal, but Morrissette retrieved a gun from an SUV.

“Someone is going to die tonight,” Morrissette said before shooting Weathers, according to court records obtained by the Albuquerque Journal.

Weathers died of at least one gunshot wound and Morrissette was found with bruises, cuts and a dislocated shoulder, the Journal reported.

Morrissette was arrested and charged with second degree murder, according to court records. He is to be held without bail at the Eddy County Detention Center in Carlsbad.

Detectives are investigating the shooting and have asked anyone with information to contact Sgt. Kane Wyatt or Detective Rory Preece at 575-887-7551.

Carlsbad is approximately 280 miles southeast of Albuquerque.

This story was originally published May 18, 2022 4:29 p.m.

Alison Cutler is a national real-time reporter for the Southeast at McClatchy. She graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and previously worked for The News Leader in Staunton, VA, an affiliate of USAToday.


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