Sierra County– On January 16, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. the T or C Police Department responded to the 1500 block of Upson Street in T or C in reference a possible homicide.T or C officers found a deceased male later identified as Nathaniel Emerick (50) on the floor in the residence with what appeared to be several wounds to the chest and a garbage bag over his head. Outside near the residence was a camp trailer where the suspect Justin Jordan (29) was staying.
Jordan barricaded himself inside the trailer and had made contact via cell phone with several people to include a T or C Detective stating that he had killed Emerick.
The New Mexico State Police Tactical Team was called in to negotiate with Jordan and after a four hour standoff; Jordan surrendered and was arrested without further incident.
During an interview Jordan told State Police Agents that he stabbed Emerick several times because he was not paying him for his share of wood cutting jobs they were doing.
Jordan was booked in the Sierra County Detention Center on an open count of Murder and Tampering with Evidence.
Contact: Lieutenant Robert McDonald