The preliminary hearing for a Garden City man charged with two counts of attempted murder has been continued until Nov. 30.
Jeovany Leyva-Valles, 37, 2515 W. Jones Ave., who faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer and possession of narcotics in connection with a July 15 shooting of a Midland, Texas man, appeared in Finney County District Court Tuesday afternoon for what was scheduled to be a preliminary hearing in his case.
Instead, Chief District Judge Robert Frederick granted a motion by prosecutor Will Votypka to continue the hearing and rescheduled it for 10 a.m. Nov. 30. Leyva-Valles' attorney, Luci Douglass, had no objections to the continuance.
Votypka said in court Tuesday that based on the "complexities of the case" he was requesting the continuance. The hearing had been scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Tuesday, but in his request for continuance, Votypka asked that the hearing be scheduled for earlier in the day because he thought it would take a full day.
Finney County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting at Leyva-Valles' residence on West Jones Avenue at about 5:25 a.m. July 15, and found Daniel Martinez shot in the stomach. Martinez was transported to St. Catherine Hospital for treatment. While officers were on scene, Leyva-Valles' vehicle passed by, avoiding an attempted traffic stop by deputies and continuing on West Jones Avenue.
Deputies say that as they pursued the vehicle, Leyva-Valles fired multiple rounds at a deputy from his back window. The deputy was not injured.
Leyva-Valles eventually abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot, but authorities found him in a sand pit and took him into custody.
Shortly after the incident, the sheriff’s office investigated the possible involvement of Carolina Calvario, who arrived at St. Catherine Hospital July 15 with a gunshot wound to her leg. Authorities initially believed she also may have been shot during the incident, but Finney County Sheriff Kevin Bascue said Calvario had been uncooperative with law enforcement and he was unsure of her relevance to the case.
During Leyva-Valles' court appearance in August, Votypka suggested the possibility that Leyva-Valles could still face charges in connection with the shooting of Calvario, but no new charges have been filed.
Douglass said in August that prior to the West Jones Avenue shooting, Martinez’s brother had been driving Leyva-Valles' four-wheeler with Leyva’s-Valles' wife’s mother’s husband’s daughter. When the two did not return, Leyva-Valles went searching for them, Douglass said.
Douglass added that after Leyva-Valles left his residence, a group of people, whom Martinez was with, allegedly arrived and assaulted Leyva-Valles' wife’s brother, which Leyva-Valles found out about through a phone call. Douglass said that Leyva-Valles and his wife called law enforcement separately — him regarding the four-wheeler, and she out of fear that the group that allegedly battered her brother would attempt to break into her home.
Leyva-Valles and Martinez later returned to the West Jones residence and the shooting occurred, Douglass said.
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