Shooting suspect faces first degree murder charges

Hilario Ernesto Maez II, 29, appeared before Judge Jim Denvir Wednesday, and now faces first degree murder charges in the shooting death of 37-year-old Delphin Griego.

Both men are from Pagosa Springs.

The charges against Maez stem from an incident Jan. 7 at a home on Trujillo Road.

According to Archuleta County Undersheriff and Public Information Officer John Weiss, Archuleta County sheriff deputies were dispatched to the 700 block of Trujillo Road at five minutes before midnight Jan. 7, after dispatchers received a call from an individual asking for immediate help from a deputy.

Soon thereafter, according to Weiss, another call came in with the caller stating there had been a shooting with a fatality.

While en route, Weiss said the deputy called for a detective and emergency medical services. Ultimately, however, the deputy called for the coroner.

According to Weiss, Archuleta County Coroner Carl Macht arrived at 12:30 a.m. Jan. 8, and pronounced Griego dead at the scene.

The deputies, with the assistance of the town police, then went to a residence in the 1200 block of Trujillo Road and arrested Maez on suspicion of homicide.

Griego’s body was taken to Durango for autopsy Jan. 8.

Although details of the shooting remain scant, Archuleta County Coroner Carl Macht provided basic information in an autopsy report released Wednesday.

According to Macht, Griego died of a gunshot wound to the head. The manner of death was homicide. Griego, Macht said, was shot by another individual with a handgun, between 10 p.m. and midnight.

Macht said he continues to work with investigators from the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Department and the district attorney’s office to ensure that “no leaf goes unturned,” in determining the facts in the case.

Maez’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 4. He remains in custody in the Archuleta County Jail and is being held on a $600,00 bond. If convicted, Maez could face capital punishment.

james@pagosasun.com