- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) - A Sierra County couple is accused of fatally shooting a neighbor they had a history of fighting with.

Prosecutors say 55-year-old Frank Chavez and 49-year-old Deann Chavez each face a count of murder and evidence tampering in the killing just south of Truth or Consequences.

According to court documents, witnesses say Frank Chavez and Jeff Martin spotted each other on opposite sides of the road Saturday morning and exchanged words.

Bystanders reported hearing gunshots and seeing Chavez drive away on his tractor with Deann Chavez leaving in the couple’s truck.

Authorities found Martin’s body in the road near the backhoe he had been driving.

Some residents say the couple and Martin, a contractor, had a history of feuding at community meetings.

The couple is expected to be arraigned this week.

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