Investigator maps out scenes

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Defense attorney Gary Mitchell, center, discusses the use of a pipe as a weapon with state police crime scene investigator Kevin Massis, left, and defense attorney Daniel Salazar during the trial of Stanley Bedford. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — A state police investigator spent Tuesday mapping out […]

Witness recalls threat

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Witness Cynthia Peninger, left, listens to defense attorney Gary Mitchell during cross-examination Monday at District Court in Albuquerque. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Prosecution and defense attorneys agreed Monday that prosecution witness Cynthia Peninger was threatened about revealing what she knew about the 2005 deaths of Doris […]

Week in review: Fuller testimony at heart of case

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Jerry Fuller told Albuquerque jurors Stanley Bedford helped him plan and execute a robbery of his aunt and uncle, Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. He also testified that when he realized the Newmans could identify him, it was later Bedford’s idea to kill the couple by […]

Defense: Witness has ulterior motive

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Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson Jerry Fuller answers questions Friday from Gary Mitchell, the defense attorney for Stanley Bedford, during Bedford’s trial in District Court in Albuquerque. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Prosecutors spent Friday walking Jerry Fuller through inconsistencies in his statements made over more than two years about his and Stanley […]

Defense paints Bedford as victim

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Defense attorney Gary Mitchell addresses jurors during opening arguments Thursday in Albuquerque. Mitchell’s client, Stanley Bedford, is accused of killing a Portales couple. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — The state called Stanley Bedford a plotting killer who even scares people who know him. His defense attorney calls […]

Fuller testifies against Bedford

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Jerry Fuller said he felt remorse seconds after setting a car on fire with his aunt and uncle locked inside, and characterized an accused accomplice as a drug pusher who’d “try to cheat you constantly.” Fuller, serving a 127-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to murder in […]

Bedford jurors chosen

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — With a series of hypothetical questions, showings of hands and criticisms of popular television shows, a panel of 65 men and women was pared down to 16 jurors in the case of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Wednesday was the final day of […]

Opening arguments in Bedford trial should start Thursday

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — The court has reached its stated goal in a jury pool for the trial of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. However, all sides involved feel they’d be best served with one more day of selection. There are 61 potential jurors on a panel […]

Family will travel for trial

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The family of Odis and Doris Newman is expected to be in Albuquerque from the opening arguments to the final verdict in the case of a man accused in their deaths. It’s a necessary commitment to her parents, daughter Vickie Dixon of Portales said, as opening arguments are set […]

Bedford jury selections continues

Freedom Newspapers Jury selection is still on schedule in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen property. So far, District Attorney […]

Bedford jury selection continues

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Jury selection is roughly half finished in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping and other lesser charges. As of Wednesday, 100 potential jurors […]

Potential Bedford jurors examined

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Jury selection continued Tuesday in the death-penalty trial of Stanley Bedford, who is accused in the killing of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen […]

Death penalty still on table

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers An Albuquerque jury will decide over the next six weeks whether a Portales man is responsible for the deaths of an elderly Portales couple in March 2005. Jury selection starts Monday in the death-penalty case of Stanley Bedford, 43, and lawyers expect to begin arguments May 29, the Tuesday following […]

Death penalty can be sought in Bedford trial

By Freedom Newspapers District Court Judge Steven Quinn refused to bar the death penalty Friday in the case of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple in 2005. Defense attorney Gary Mitchell of Ruidoso argued the constitutionality of the New Mexico death penalty in a broad series of motions heard by the judge […]

Attorney challenges death penalty

By Karl Terry: Freedpm Newspapers PORTALES — The constitutionality of the death penalty statutes in New Mexico was argued in a pre-trial hearing Monday in the Roosevelt County District courtroom in the case of a man accused of killing a retired Portales couple in 2005. Defense attorney Gary Mitchell of Ruidoso has filed four motions […]

Judge: State can pursue death penalty on Bedford

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A district court judge ruled Monday the state could pursue the death penalty — at least for now — in the case of a man accused of kidnapping and killing an elderly Portales couple almost two years ago. Prior to Monday’s probable cause hearing, attorneys worked out an agreement that […]

Newman timeline

Freedom Newspapers March 2, 2005: Officials said someone attempted to use a debit card that belonged to Doris Newman, 69, and identified a car belonging to her and Odis Newman, 70, at a Portales bank in surveillance video. March 3, 2005: Firefighters are called to a car fire southeast of Portales. The remains of Odis […]

Murder trial moved

CNJ Staff More than 100 motions have been argued in the homicide cases of two men accused of killing an elderly Portales couple in March 2005, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Included in those motions was the decision last week to move Stanley Bedford’s trial to Albuquerque, Chandler said. A motion to […]

Year in review: Number of homicides down sharply

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Curry and Roosevelt counties recorded three homicides each in 2005 — only half the number seen in the 9th Judicial District in 2004, but several touched large segments of area communities because the victims were well known and included three senior citizens and a 10-year-old boy. Officials said the […]

Trial dates set in slaying of Portales couple

By Tony Parra A man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple will go on trial a year from now. District Judge Stephen Quinn on Friday set Stanley Bedford’s jury trial for Sept. 5 through Oct. 13 next year. Bedford, 42, is accused of killing Odis Newman, 70, and Doris Newman, 69, in March. Jerry […]