Death penalty comes with too high a price

Freedom New Mexico “It’s safe to assume we execute innocent people. Are you willing to have your brother, your father, your mother be the sacrificial lamb, to be the innocent person executed so that we can have a death penalty so that we can execute those who are deserving of the death penalty? “I don’t […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Death and taxes, and a Melrose family tradition

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Video of the day Of all things inevitable — death and taxes — some local help with at least one issue. It’s our video of the day. Family tradition Melrose senior Clint Barnard is going to join his older brother, Call, playing football at New […]

Police make arrest in fatal shooting

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller views a 10th Street apartment where a body was found Tuesday morning. Police have classified the death as suspicious. By Liliana Castillo and Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writers A 37-year-old Clovis man was arrested Tuesday and charged in the shooting death of Gary Gill, 48, […]

Charge filed in fatal fight

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Courtesy photo Lucio Ramirez, 22, of Portales is charged with hitting Marvin Silva, 34, of Belen in the head with a hammer. By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A Portales man is charged with aggravated battery in a fight that led to the stabbing death of 25-year-old Marco Bonilla of Portales. But police said Thursday […]

Wednesday morning briefing: From hunting to the death penalty

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday morning briefing.

Investigation of pedestrian death continues

Freedom New Mexico Portales police released new details Monday about the death of 71-year-old Gloria Ann Inge, killed after being struck by a pickup truck while crossing a city street. Inge was hit Friday by a 16-year-old driver at Second and Abilene streets. Inge was taken to Roosevelt General Hospital and later airlifted to a […]

Death penalty outdated, kills innocent people

Freedom New Mexico It’s time for another review of the death penalty, and the growing evidence that we can’t do it well enough to justify continued use. Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has delayed two planned executions pending a new review of the process. The order comes after Strickland ordered a halt to another killing on […]

Muleshoe police investigate fighter’s death

CNJ staff Muleshoe police are investigating the suspicious death of a 28-year-old professional mixed martial arts fighter whose body was found on the steps of the Catholic Church Rectory Sunday morning. Rolando Willie “Shadow” Scott had been shot, according to Chief Brian Frieda. Police have not yet classified it as a homicide, Frieda said, pending […]

Man arrested in 1993 Roosevelt County slaying

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Courtesy of Ector County Sherrif’s Office Arnoldo Navarrette was arrested Thursday near Odessa, Texas and charged with murder and aggravated battery in the shooting death of Reynaldo “Rey” Ornelas Sr. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico A 38-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the 1993 shooting death of Reynaldo “Rey” Ornelas Sr. in […]

Woman arrested in Clovis homicide

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Robbin Banister By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clifford Webber’s last words as he lay dying of a stab wound to the chest were “I love you,” according to the woman accused of killing him. Robbin Banister, identified as the 37-year-old Webber’s girlfriend, is charged with murder, two counts of tampering with evidence and conspiracy […]

Police identify homicide victim

CNJ staff A 37-year-old Clovis man is the city’s first homicide of the year. Clovis police Wednesday identified Clifford Webber as the victim found in a vacant house on 14th Street. His death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy performed by a state medical examiner. Police responding to a report of a man stabbed […]

Officials investigating ‘suspicious death’

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Police Department are investigating what they’ve termed a “suspicious death” of a man at a home on 14th Street near Rencher. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis police found a man dead Tuesday morning after responding to a report of a stabbing in a 14th Street home, records […]

Boy’s fate complicated decision

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist Daniel Hauser is at the center of a heated controversy that pits his parents against the state of Minnesota in a question of life, death and freedom. Hauser, a 13-year-old boy from Sleepy Eye, Minn., was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer, this past January. His parents, Anthony […]

Deep regret: Family, convict speak for first time in woman’s death

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FNM illustration: Sharna Johnson, Argen Duncan Tommy Willis pled guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Elizabeth Kelton two months after his arrest, but withdrew his plea the following year, telling the court he was innocent. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: Background for this story was compiled from court records, news […]

Death penalty allowed in Roosevelt murder case

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Defense attorney Gary Mitchell addresses the court during Monday’s death penalty hearing in Portales. Mitchell is representing William “Billy Joe” Watson, seated, who is charged in connection with the 2005 death of Jimmy Bo Chunn. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico A District Court ruling has allowed prosecutors to seek the death penalty in the […]

Death penalty case decision expected today

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Defense attorney Gary Mitchell addresses the court during Monday’s death penalty hearing in Portales. Mitchell is representing William “Billy Joe” Watson, seated, who is charged in connection with the 2005 death of Jimmy Bo Chunn. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — A district court judge plans to review […]

Police: Hittson beaten to death with rock

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A witness described seeing his coworker beat a 51-year-old Tucumcari truck driver to death with a rock in the early morning hours Thursday after the two had an argument. Brandon Barela, 24, is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a $500,000 bond on an open […]

Death penalty complex issue

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist The question of the death penalty has divided our nation for a long time. It’s not likely that Gov. Bill Richardson’s signature on legislation banning the death penalty will end the struggle. New Mexico will become the second state to ban the death penalty since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstituted […]

Roosevelt County farmer could still face death penalty despite repeal

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Even though the death penalty was repealed in New Mexico, a Roosevelt County farmer accused of arranging a murder-for-hire still faces possible execution. Prosecutors filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty against William “Billy Joe” Watson last August. Watson is accused of conspiring with the Aryan […]

Death penalty repeal has favorable callers

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican People who have contacted the New Mexico Governor’s Office about the death penalty since Friday have supported repealing capital punishment by better than a 3-to-1 margin, according to a statement from the governor’s office on Tuesday. Gov. Bill Richardson has until midnight today to act on a […]