ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Stetson Shane Barnes, 28, of Loving, New Mexico, Donald Alfred Busch, 32, of Carlsbad, New Mexico, Jehra Lynn Hedgecock, 31, of Carlsbad, New Mexico, and Tyson Lee Terrell, 36, of Carlsbad, New Mexico, appeared in federal court in Las Cruces, New Mexico during the course of this week for preliminary and detention hearings on a criminal complaint charging them with conspiracy to commit carjacking. A U.S. magistrate judge ordered them to remain in custody pending trial.
According to public court documents, Barnes, Busch, Hedgecock, and Terrell allegedly went to a home in Loving, New Mexico on May 28, 2019, to steal a motorcycle. Hedgecock allegedly drove the four defendants to the location in her truck and knocked on the front door while Busch and Terrell attempted to jumpstart motorcycles parked at the residence. Barnes, Busch, and Hedgecock allegedly pointed their guns at a man who came outside during the attempted theft.
Hedgecock allegedly drove Terrell and Barnes away from the home in her truck while Busch pushed one of the motorcycles off the property. Multiple rounds of ammunition were allegedly fired from the truck and into the residence as they drove away. One of those rounds struck and killed the same man who Barnes, Busch, and Hedgecock previously confronted at gunpoint.
Hedgecock stopped a short distance away from the home where Barnes and Terrell assisted Busch in loading the stolen motorcycle into the bed of the truck. All four defendants then left the scene together. Police later found Hedgecock’s truck burning in a ravine near Carlsbad, New Mexico. Law enforcement later recovered the stolen motorcycle from a property shared by Barnes and Terrell.
A criminal complaint is only an accusation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigated this case in conjunction with the New Mexico State Police, Eddy County Sheriff’s Office, and the Loving Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Maria Armijo and Ry Ellison are prosecuting the case.