Jury: Guerro guilty of murder

Moab Police Sgt. Gerri Neumeier hugs the aunt of murder victim Edgar “Rojo” Nagera after jurors delivered their guilty verdict against the man who killed him.
Photo by Doug McMurdo

The first jury to be seated for a murder trial in Grand County in at least 15 years rendered a mixed verdict in the trial of Omar Guerro Friday evening.

​Jurors after about four hours of deliberations found Guerro, also known as Martin Armenta, guilty of killing Edgar Luna “Rojo” Nagera with the use of a firearm, guilty of one count of aggravated kidnapping and one count of being a prohibited possessor of a firearm. 

​He was found not guilty of two additional counts of kidnapping in a case rife with hardcore drug abuse. Guerro took the witness stand and blamed the killing on Jaime Flores Solis, who has a history of violence with the victim.

Seventh District Judge Don Torgerson set a June 11 sentencing date. 

​Nagera was shot twice in an execution-style killing on Oct. 28 at a trailer on Walnut Lane. Three days later Guerro along with Solis and Jorge Hernandez Ayala were arrested in Tuba City, Arizona following a lengthy pursuit.

An expansive report on the trial will be published in the June 6 edition of The Times-Independent.