Homicide victim believed to be Tucumcari truck driver

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Law enforcement had blocked roads to traffic approximately one mile in each direction from the intersection of Sugarbeet Road and State Road 523 on Thursday morning after police discovered a dead adult male in a ditch. CNJ staff writer: Sharna Johnson Investigators believe a homicide victim found in eastern Curry […]

Inmate accused of beating detention officer unconscious

CNJ Staff Double homicide defendant Anthony Casillas, 22,

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 […]

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 […]

Homicide arrest

Release Date: 1/22/2009 (For Immediate Release)Incident Type: – Murder Arrest Warrant Issued for Suspect Aaron Quinones For The Murder Of Victim Elizabeth McAdams On December 20, 2008 In Clovis – Accused Arrested Today At the Curry County Adult Detention Center Where Being Held On Other Felony Charges From 2004 Arson of Local Car Dealership Contact […]

Arrest made in woman’s slaying

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Aaron Quinones was charged with an open count of murder Thursday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police say a 24-year-old man was high on meth and looking for his ex-girlfriend when he robbed, bludgeoned and cut the throat of 54-year-old Elizabeth McAdams in her home Dec. 20. Aaron M. Quinones of Clovis was charged […]

Autopsy: Homicide victim shot in head

CNJ staff A 23-year-old Honduran national shot to death in Texico nearly two months ago died of a single gunshot to the head, according to an autopsy performed by the New Mexico Medical Investigator’s office. Elvin Osmin Orellanna Rivera was shot Nov. 25 during a home invasion. There have been no arrests and police have […]

Supreme Court overturns vehicular homicide conviction

CNJ staff The New Mexico Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Melrose man convicted in 2004 of homicide by vehicle. A two-year prison sentence for Harry Downey, 75, of Melrose, has been vacated and a pretrial conference is scheduled 8:15 a.m. Jan. 26. Downey was convicted in February 2004 for the July […]

Agreement reached to keep witnesses in homicide case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local law enforcement have reached an agreement with federal authorities to keep witnesses to a November homicide in Texico involving a Honduran national in the U.S., District Attorney Matt Chandler said. In addition to the victim, seven witnesses in the deadly shooting six weeks ago were Honduran nationals working […]

Weather delays homicide charges

CNJ staff Clovis police said Monday they expect to file charges in a few days against a suspect in the Dec. 20 slaying of 54-year-old Elizabeth McAdams. Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said the holiday season and inclement weather delayed crime scene evidence from arriving at a Santa Fe crime lab for analysis. He said […]

Homicide suspect in custody

CNJ staff Clovis police today said they now have a suspect in custody for the killing of 54-year-old Elizabeth McAdams at her Lea Street home. Capt. Patrick Whitney said the man is being held by police on unrelated warrants and has not been charged with the homicide. “We believe we have the suspect, we’re not […]

Two sought for questioning in connection with homicide

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Jerry Casiano By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Police are looking for two persons of interest regarding the Saturday homicide of 54-year-old Elizabeth McAdams in her home on Lea Street, according to a Clovis Police Department press release. Police said Jerry Casiano, 27, and Veronica Galvan, 32, may have information about the homicide. Police do […]

Police: Homicide victim likely knew attacker

CNJ Staff Police say they suspect a 54-year-old Clovis woman found dead inside her burning house Saturday morning was killed by someone she knew. The victim is identified as Elizabeth McAdams, 1600 N. Lea St. Her body was discovered shortly after 7 a.m. by Clovis firefighters responding to a house fire. Police said smoke was […]

Investigators seek suspects in homicide

CNJ staff Police are seeking half a dozen suspects they believe were involved in a home invasion turned homicide that claimed the life of a Honduran national in Texico last week. Elvin Osmin Orellanna Rivera died Nov. 25 from a single gunshot during a robbery at a home in the 500 block of Florence Street. […]

Homicide suspect indicted on murder charges

CNJ staff Homicide suspect Anthony Ray Casillas was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder Friday in connection with the Sept. 25 shooting deaths of a Melrose man and a Lubbock woman, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Casillas, 21, of Clovis is accused of shooting Gary Payne, 52, and Melissa Ward, 36, while the […]

Homicide suspect had conflicts with victim

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Anthony Ray Casillas By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer There was a history of friction between homicide victim Gary Payne and the man accused of shooting him, according to people who worked for a silage company with the two men. Payne and Anthony Ray Casillas worked together with a crew that traveled throughout eastern New […]

Homicide suspect surrenders

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By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer Anthony Ray Casillas, a suspect in last week’s double-homicide in Clovis, turned himself in to Roswell police Friday afternoon, according to police. Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said Casillas surrendered at the Roswell Police Department around 2:30 p.m. and requested an attorney. He was arrested on two open counts […]

Officials: 2005 homicide suspect negotiating surrender

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis homicide suspect Noe Torres is trying to negotiate his surrender to authorities, said District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler said Torres contacted his office Tuesday and insisted staff from the Fox TV show “America’s Most Wanted” be included in a conference call. “He knows that we’re very close to […]

Judge: Casillas considering surrender

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Double-homicide suspect Anthony Ray Casillas wants to surrender, according to a Texas judge who said he has been in contact with the suspect’s mother. Moore County Judge Rowdy Rhoades, whose office until three weeks ago was monitoring Casillas twice weekly as part of a pre-trial release agreement, said he […]

Third Salas brother sentenced in homicide

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Edward Salas listens Tuesday as District Court Judge Teddy Hartley announces his sentence for the first degree murder of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Tears flowed freely in District Judge Teddy Hartley’s courtroom Tuesday as child killer Edward Salas was sentenced to prison for at least […]