Investigator recounts defendant’s interview

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer, left, and Victim Advocate Janemarie Vander Dussem leave the Roosevelt County Courthouse in high winds Thursday after the third day of DeAngelo Montoya’s murder trial. A forensic DNA expert, a pathologist and one of the investigators who interviewed the boy after Angel Vale’s murder testified. […]

Inmate accused of beating detention officer unconscious

CNJ Staff Double homicide defendant Anthony Casillas, 22,

Clovis man pleads guilty to first-degree murder

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Albert Ramirez shot and killed his mother’s boyfriend in 2007. CNJ staff writer: Sharna Johnson Just as the jury was about to be seated Monday and opening arguments were set to begin, Albert Ramirez decided to plead guilty and accepted the maximum sentence for the first-degree murder of his mother’s boyfriend. Ramirez, 20, will serve […]

Arrest warrant issued for defendant’s mother

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A dozen witnesses took the stand for the prosecution Wednesday in the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas, accused in the shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. Morning witnesses included Edward Salas’ former girlfriend and a man who helped hide a gun authorities believe was involved in the Sept. […]

Defendant’s ex-girlfriend, father take stand

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The prosecution continued its case Wednesday morning with testimony from five witnesses, including Edward Salas’ former girlfriend and a man who helped hide a gun authorities believe was involved in the shooting of a 10-year-old boy in 2005. Edward Salas is being tried for the first-degree murder of Carlos […]

Homicide defendant gets 36 years for robberies

CNJ STAFF A Clovis teen was sentenced to 36 years for robbery charges connected to the homicide of a Clovis man, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office.

Homicide defendant sentenced to 36 years for robberies

Police officer testifies homicide suspect used racial slur

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Homicide defendant Jimmy Bentley, left, and defense attorney Randy Knudson listen to testimony Tuesday afternoon at the Curry County Courthouse. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: The following report contains a racial slur. A Christmas Eve murder suspect used a racial slur when he was taken into custody, […]

Testimony highlights, William Riley trial

• Chris Aultman, friend of the victim, acquaintance of the defendant and driver of the car where Roshawn Pitts was shot, testified Monday about the moments before, during and after the shooting. He described Riley running out of his apartment with a gun and shooting through the windows of Aultman’s car. Aultman said he fled […]

Clovis convicted of molestation

CNJ staff A 50-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in jail for molesting a female juvenile family member in 2003, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Billy Martin was found guilty of four counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 years old. Co-defendant Anastacio […]

Clovis man sentenced in 2003 carjacking case

CNJ staff A 23-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in prison for kidnapping, aggravated burglary, attempted armed robbery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and felon in possession of a firearm, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. The charges stem from an October 2003 incident during which […]

Man sentenced in shooting

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Chris Meier gives an emotional statement to the widow of his victim shortly before being sentenced Monday to six years in prison. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer A district court judge denied an impassioned plea for leniency and forgiveness and sentenced 20-year-old Chris Meier to six years in prison Monday […]