A witness in a murder-for-hire case who was shot the day before the trial was supposed to start told Clovis police that he was set up for the shooting.
A warrant in the shooting case, made public Thursday, details what Joe Luis Yzaguirre Jr. says happened to him after he arrived at a home to meet a prospective client on Nov. 29.
Yzaguirre is a witness in the trial of Daljit Singh, who is accused of seeking a hit man to kill Rama Kant Dawar, a former partner in a limousine business. That trial was supposed to begin Nov. 30 but was delayed until the end of January because of the shooting.
Yzaguirre was shot at a vacant home at 2435 Herndon Ave. just after 11 a.m. Nov. 29. According to the warrant, he called 911 from the home and was taken to a hospital, where he described events to police.
He said that he operates a limousine company and that he got a call to come to the home to meet with someone who wanted to hire him. Yzaguirre said the "subject" invited him into the home, which appeared to be abandoned, with only a few personal belongings and blankets scattered around.
Yzaguirre began to write a receipt to the client when he heard a loud "boom" and realized that he had been shot. The "subject" ran and Yzaguirre called for help.