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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Even though the death penalty was repealed in New Mexico, a Roosevelt County farmer accused of arranging a murder-for-hire still faces possible execution.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 […]

Death penalty repeal up to governor

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Friday’s decisive state Senate vote to repeal the death penalty in New Mexico was a direct result of November’s election of several new lawmakers. That’s the opinion expressed both by a leading supporter and by a leading opponent of House Bill 285, which would replace the death penalty with […]

Senate votes to repeal death penalty

The Associated Press SANTA FE – The New Mexico Legislature has voted to repeal the death penalty and replace it with a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The state Senate voted 24-18 on Friday for the repeal bill, sending it to Gov. Bill Richardson for his signature. Richardson has opposed […]

State moving closer to repealing death penalty

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican New Mexico for centuries has been reluctant to execute criminals, even though the state has had some form of capital punishment law on its books for virtually all of its history since the Spanish colonial era. Even during the blazing days of the Wild West, judges routinely requested Territorial […]

Death penalty nears end

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican

Portales Woman sentenced to 30 years for child abuse resulting in death

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that Teresa Gilman, age 26, pled guilty today to killing her 6 year old child and was sentenced to 30 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections for child abuse resulting in death and four counts of child abuse. Teresa Gilman was arrested on January 4, 2007 […]

Portales woman sentenced for son’s death

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico A Portales woman who said God told her to flush the devil from her 6-year-old son was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty in the boy’s death, according to the district attorney’s office. Teresa Gilman, 26, was arrested in January 2007 after an ambulance was […]

Senators hear from former death-row inmate

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican About six weeks before he was to be executed by the state of Illinois, Randy Steidl’s mother went to a cemetery and purchased a burial plot for him. “That’s something a mother should never have to do,” Steidl told a reporter Friday. Steidl came to Santa Fe to try […]

Death penalty repeal heads to Judiciary panel

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican The bill that would abolish capital punishment in New Mexico cleared another hurdle Tuesday when it got a do-pass recommendation on a 5-2 party-line vote in the Senate Public Affairs Committee. Senate Bill 285, sponsored by Rep. Gail Chasey, D-Albquerque, now goes to Senate Judiciary, which is considered the […]

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter voice support for New Mexico legislative action to outlaw death penalty

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, hailed

House votes to abolish the death penalty

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican

Tucumcari man protests over son’s death

Freedom New Mexico The father of a 2-year-old boy who died last fall from blunt force trauma was one of six protesters outside the Quay County Courthouse Monday seeking answers to his son’s death. “There are too many unsolved murders in this town and we don’t want this to be another one,” said Bobby Prieto, […]

Buddy, we had no idea

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Buddy Holly is commemorated in the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum in the Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce, which opened in Sept. 2008. By David Stevens: FNM Editor Clovis never knew Buddy Holly. Fifty years after his death, Holly’s fame is a foundation for the […]

Bill to abolish death penalty gets go-ahead

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican With shaking hands and a quivering voice, a Las Vegas, N.M., woman whose son was executed by the state of Texas asked the New Mexico House of Representatives on Thursday to end capital punishment in this state. Though committee members’ minds probably were made up before Muina […]

Homicide victim’s daughter shares remorse over mother’s death

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer She wishes she had taken her mother’s call Dec. 19 and more than anything, she wishes she could get back the voice mail she erased. But at the time, Katie Murphy had no way of knowing her mother would never call again. “She called me the night that it […]

Victim remembered as caring, giving

By Jenna Dewitt: CNJ staff writer Friends and co-workers remember Elizabeth McAdams as a dedicated caregiver and a giving person. McAdams was the health service supervisor at the Senior Citizen Resident Center since May 2006. McAdams died in her home Saturday at age 54. Police are investigating her death as a homicide. “She provided care […]

Police investigating Texico death

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis police Lt. Roger Grah and Dan Blair, an investigator with the district attorney’s office stand in front of a residence where a homicide occurred Tuesday night in Texico. By Sharna Johnson A man killed Tuesday night in Texico was shot during a robbery attempt, according to the Curry County […]

Two shot to death in Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Brandon Parker said he heard two gunshots and saw a speeding vehicle crash into a cinderblock wall on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on Thursday night. Two people were found shot in the crashed van. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man and a Lubbock woman were shot […]