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 […]