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Man arrested in 2007 killing

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By David Giuliani

A man accused of killing another man in Las Vegas was arrested this week in Alabama.

Bernardino “Bernie” Baca, 28, was charged with murder in connection with the May 20, 2007, death of David Siler, 53, of Montezuma. Baca was arrested Wednesday.

Siler was found dead in a small sports car around 12:30 p.m. May 20, 2007. Officers found wounds to the victim’s upper left side of the torso that they said were consistent with gunshots.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, Siler drove to 715 Taos St. in an attempt to buy drugs and while there, he got into an argument with Baca. Witnesses told officers that Baca shot Siler numerous times, the complaint states.

The witnesses said that after being shot, the injured Siler fled the area south on Lopez Street in his car and turned around on Rio Arriba Street. Siler drove toward 715 Taos, which is when Baca went inside the house and asked for more bullets, according to the complaint.

The witnesses said Siler left the roadway, hit a fence near a mobile home and came to a stop on adjacent property at 2224 Lopez St., where he was later pronounced dead.

An arrest warrant for Baca was filed with Magistrate Court on May 23, three days after the killing.

On May 28, authorities announced publicly that they were looking for Baca, whom they called a person of interest in Siler’s death, but they didn’t mention the arrest warrant.

Magistrate Judge Philip Romero said Thursday he had the warrant file sealed because the suspect was at large and officials feared for the safety of officers involved in the investigation. The file was unsealed Thursday after the court found out that Baca had been arrested.

A few weeks before Siler’s murder, local authorities arrested him and three others in connection with a reputed crack house in the 1700 block of Montezuma Street.