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Cock-fighting equipment seized in Willow Spring homicide investigation

Posted July 5, 2011

— Equipment used for cock-fighting and other items were seized from vehicles linked to two men found dead at a Willow Spring home on June 24, according to search warrants released Tuesday. 

Roger Trujillo Perez, 30, of 2832 N.C. Highway 42, and another man, who hasn't yet been identified, were found shot to death inside Perez' home. 

Investigators with the Wake County Sheriff's Office continue to follow leads in the case, and they said they believe the shootings weren't random acts of violence.

Property records list the homeowner as Judith Dickens, who has a Rockville, Md., address.

Another man who lived in the home, Miguel Vasquez, 63, has been charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana, authorities said.

Vasquez told investigators he was at the home during the murder, according to search warrants. Vasquez said he fled in a Green Chevrolet and drove to a business off of Airpark Road. That vehicle was towed to the Wake County Public Safety Center and searched. 

Investigators seized cock-fighting equipment, medicine bottles and needles from his vehicle. 

Authorities also searched a Chevrolet Silverado truck, which was registered to Perez and found on a dirt portion of John Adams Road about two miles from the home.

Gloves and DNA swabs were taken from the truck, according to the search warrant. 

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  • zeromidget Jul 7, 2:36 p.m.

    Irregardless of their legal status, there was human lives lost here. No need to celebrate that as some in the comments are doing. It seems to own chickens makes you guilty until proven innocent here; not as the founders, who also engaged in the sport, wanted.

  • freedomrings Jul 7, 10:16 a.m.

    pittsboromama : Well spoken.

  • SueInNC Jul 6, 3:05 p.m.

    From "terrorists" to murderers - my town is going to H in a Handbasket. Yikes.

  • pinehorse Jul 6, 2:40 p.m.

    This problem appears to be growing. Some farm supply stores are starting to carry the helmets and gloves that aspiring young roosters need in order to train.

  • Journey985 Jul 6, 2:16 p.m.

    "willow springs is a busy place." - it's Willow SPRING...no "s"

  • Journey985 Jul 6, 2:15 p.m.

    Not a big surprise here, You could see the cages with the roosters in there and the "arena" for the fighting. And they wonder why we are pushing for stonger immigration control!

  • bigal02282 Jul 6, 11:35 a.m.

    What ever happened to sitting around in your rockers on the front porch sippin an iced tea and discussin the local political scene with a bunch of your buds? Oh yeah, I forgot, we ain't in America anymore.

  • batcave Jul 6, 11:21 a.m.

    willow springs is a busy place.

  • iwannaseethereceipts Jul 6, 11:21 a.m.

    Riddle me this...why is chicken fighting illegal but keeping chickens in inhumane and cruel conditions until you kill them for consumption isn't?

  • cocker_mom Jul 6, 9:45 a.m.

    Think maybe this time the chickens won?

    Joking aside, male chicken fighting (you KNOW I am not going to be able to type the real word) and dog fighting usually are wrapped around other illegal activities such as drugs, larceny and other crimes that are not "victimless".

    It's time we cracked down on animal fighting - and it's not just an animal welfare issue.