PORTALES (KSEL)- Manuel Silva had been facing a homicide trial next year however, he was found dead in his cell at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on Friday afternoon. County officials said they believe he committed suicide. Silva, 23, was found unresponsive in his cell, according to Roosevelt County Manager Amber Hamilton. Emergency services and the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office were immediately dispatched to the scene. According to the Eastern New Mexico News, Detention Center Administrator Justin Porter confirmed Silva was the only occupant in the cell, but wouldn’t discuss other details, citing the ongoing investigation. Silva was facing charges in connection with the April 7 shooting death of Adam Holts.
Silva was arrested on April 14 in Clovis following a high-speed chase, and held in the Curry County Detention Center until last week. He was transported to the Roosevelt County Detention Center and booked Wednesday following Tuesday’s filing of an order for transport. The order was filed in regard to Silva’s scheduled pretrial conference Aug. 8. The trial was initially scheduled for March 31-April 3 of next year.