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Artesia man charged with murder

An Artesia charged man was with an open count of murder this week in the fatal shooting of Tyler Allen Grantham, 37, of Artesia.

Nathan Garrison, 42, was arrested for the crime, said Eddy County Sheriff Mark Cage in a news release.

Grantham’s body was found at a residence on Cottonwood Road north of Artesia around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 17. He was unconscious and not breathing, the release indicated. In the criminal complaint against Garrison, deputies reported Grantham had suffered a gunshot wound.

In a criminal complaint, Garrison said he and Grantham had at least two verbal altercations pertaining to an allegation of theft of money.

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An unidentified vehicle is parked outside of a residence north of Artesia on Nov. 18, 2021. Eddy County Sheriff's detectives investigated an alleged murder at the residence on Nov. 17, 2021.

During an interview with detectives, Garrison said he wanted to scare persons inside the Cottonwood Road home with a shotgun, per the criminal complaint. Garrison allegedly drove to the back door of the residence where fired an undetermined amount of shots at the home, read the criminal complaint.

Detectives found the shotgun and Garrison at a residence in the 3500 block of Quay Avenue where he arrested without incidence, the press release stated.

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He was also charged with tampering with evidence, per the press release.

Garrison was booked into the Eddy County Detention Center in Carlsbad on Nov. 18 on the murder and tampering with evidence charges and another charge of contempt of court.

Eddy County Sheriff's detectives investigated an alleged murder north of Artesia on the morning of Nov. 17, 2021.

He was held on no bail and no bond on the murder and contempt of court charges.

Mike Smith can be reached at 575-628-5546 or by email at [email protected] or @ArgusMichae on Twitter.