Community concerned about unsolved homicide

Andy Jackson : Freedom Newspapers

Six months have passed, but no one has been charged with the shooting death of an elderly Causey rancher. Residents of the tiny Roosevelt County community — a town of 20 homes — say they’re frustrated and concerned.

Police found Jimmy “Bo” Chunn, 71, dead from a single gunshot wound to his head in his Causey home on July 8. The bullet came through his window, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler has said.

Cindy Harth, 63, has lived in Causey for 51 years, and was neighbors with Chunn.

“It’s unnerving to everyone in the community to not know what happened,” she said. “I don’t have any idea what could have happened that day.”

The sentiments are shared by Roosevelt County Commissioner Tom Clark.

“The community has apprehension of not knowing the reasons or conditions for Bo getting killed,” Clark said.
Chunn family members said they’re also frustrated that no arrests have been made, but said they remain confident police can solve the case.

Karen Chandler of Portales, Chunn’s daughter, said she receives monthly updates on the investigation from Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. She declined to share the details of their talks for fear of jeopardizing the case, she said.

“I don’t want to take a chance with someone not getting arrested,” she said.

Richie Chunn of Washington said police have asked him not to name the man he thinks killed his father.

“I think I know who did it,” Richie Chunn said. “I’m afraid if I talk about what’s going on … I don’t feel confident they’ll get someone.”

Police identified a suspect in Chunn’s homicide the same day Chunn’s body was found. But they’ve not charged anyone.

The suspect, they said, has been jailed on unrelated charges.

Law officers have declined to discuss the case, other than to say they’re still investigating.

Meanwhile, Causey waits.

“Imaginations can get wild,” Clark said. “The unknown can be worse than knowing.”