EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — In an affidavit obtained Monday morning, KTSM has identified at least one other suspect in the fatal shooting incident on the University of New Mexico campus over the weekend involving New Mexico State men’s basketball player Mike Beck. . The shooting killed 19-year-old UNM student Brandon Travis.
According to an arrest document, Peake had been chatting with a 17-year-old student from UNM known as “M” for a while, and the pair agreed to meet while he was in town. According to ‘M’, her friend Brandon Travis knew she was talking to Peake and asked her to set him up so he and his friends could jump on him, and ‘M’ agreed.
‘M’ told investigators that the setup was in retaliation for a fight in the UNM vs. Homecoming game. NMSU at Las Cruces on Oct. 15.
The affidavit indicates that she told investigators that she, Jonathan Smith, Brandon Travis, and another man identified as Travis’ roommate were in their bedroom and planned how to beat Peake. She told the detectives the plan was for her to walk Beck out of Coronado Ballroom, and once the three men “lapped” Beck, she was supposed to run away and not come back.
Beck allegedly took an Uber to meet “M” at her residence, where she met him outside, where the three men approached and she saw Travis pointing a gun at Beck’s face. She also told the police that one of the other suspects had a racket on him. She told investigators she ran inside and later heard gunshots.
According to the arrest affidavit, police determined from witness interviews and security camera footage that Beck was shot in the leg with a bat by Travis’ roommate, who then proceeded to run. As he runs, Travis fires his gun at Beck; Beck then took his firearm from his pocket and shot Travis.
According to the affidavit, Peake struck Travis, at which point Travis shot Peake again, hitting him in the leg. The other two witnesses escaped and were not injured.
The two uninjured men claimed to have called 911 and pressed the campus help button. Smith said he threw his phone under a car, knowing it could be tracked to the scene via GPS.
In a second interview with Jonathan Smith, the detectives learned that while Smith knew Travis had a gun but didn’t think he would bring it to the setup because they never talked about it.
Smith allegedly told police that they broke into the Coronado dormitory with a bat, where they changed clothes and returned to the crime scene. They blended in with the crowd gathered at the scene and watched as the police tried to come to the aid of Travis, who was already dead.
Smith was charged with aggravated battery, conspiracy to commit aggravated battery, and two counts of tampering with evidence. He is being held on a $10,000 bond in the Bernalillo County Jail.
According to the New Mexico State Police, “M” is charged with aggravated battery and conspiracy. In New Mexico, 17-year-old women are being charged as juveniles, and their names have been withheld.
Travis’ roommate was not charged with a crime as of Monday morning.