Slain Yoder ranchhand allegedly sold marijuana to suspected killer, documents show | Crime & JusticePosted by On

A man who was arrested earlier this month is facing charges of first-degree murder and tampering with a corpse in the alleged killing of a 43-year-old man whose body was found in Rush in 2021, and new details have emerged in the homicide.

An arrest affidavit obtained by The Gazette allegedly links Kevin Armando Chaparro-Macias, 26, to the crime through DNA analysis. A DNA profile was generated from evidence collected at the scene, and a match was found in October 2022, which led investigators to their suspect. However, specifics of the DNA report are redacted from the affidavit.

In an interview with El Paso County Sheriff’s Office investigators last October, Chaparro-Macias said he knew the victim, Donaciano “Chano” Amaya, and was buying marijuana from him at Amaya’s house the last time the two saw each other on an unspecified day. According to the affidavit, Chaparro-Macias later said they smoked marijuana together before he gave Amaya a ride to the nearby town of…

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