- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say they have arrested a man in the killing of a woman who was found shot 13 years ago in an alfalfa field east of Carlsbad.

Jeremy J. Melendrez is charged with murder in the December 2002 shooting of 21-year-old Sasha Hedgecock.

Investigators say they followed leads after Hedgecock’s death, but didn’t have enough evidence to file charges.

They say they have more recently used DNA evidence to crack the case.

It’s unknown whether the 34-year-old Melendrez has an attorney.

Melendrez is currently serving time in a New Mexico prison.

He has 2010 convictions for aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery and abandonment or abuse of a child.

He also pleaded guilty in 2012 to possessing a deadly weapon or explosive in prison.

A passer-by spotted Hedgecock in the field on Christmas day after she had suffered several gunshot wounds.

She was brought to a hospital where she died four days later.

Shortly after the shooting, investigators said Hedgecock was last seen at a Carlsbad convenience store.


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