Man arrested in Tucumcari slayings also suspect in Ohio deaths

Freedom New Mexico New Mexico State Police said Friday that a man accused of killing two men in a Tucumcari hotel is also a suspect in two Ohio slayings. Muziwokuthula Madonda, 33 of Chicago, is awaiting extradition from Conroe, Texas. He is charged with two open counts of murder and tampering with evidence connected to […]

Tucumcari homicide suspect also wanted in Ohio

Freedom New Mexico A man charged in two recent Tucumcari homicides is also wanted in connection with two homicides in Ohio, according to state police. Muziwokuthula “Muzie” S. Madonda is charged with two open counts of murder and tampering with evidence connected to the March 24 shooting deaths of Gabriel Baca, 37, and Bobby Gonzales, […]

State police ID person of interest in Tucumcari homicides

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State police say Muziwokuthula “Muzie” Madonda, 33, was last in a 1996 Chevrolet Astro Van with Illinois license plate H188855. Freedom New Mexico State police have identified Muziwokuthula “Muzie” Madonda, 33, as a person of interest in the deaths of two Tucumcari men whose bodies were discovered Thursday in a hotel room. State police have […]

Press release: Tucumcari deaths ruled homicides

Tucumcari – Gabriel Baca, 37 and Bobby Gonzales, 57 both of Tucumcari, NM were found dead in an Eastern New Mexico motel. State Police were called in yesterday evening to take over a scene that ultimately turned into a homicide investigation.

Homicide numbers see drop in 2007

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CNJ file photo Stanley Bedford, right, talks to defense attorney Gary Mitchell in District Court in Albuquerque following the penalty phase. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County had its lowest number of homicides in seven years in 2007, according to state statistics. The two homicides in 2007 tied for the lowest homicides in […]

Dentist not being sought in Oklahoma homicides

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File photo Former Clovis dentist James Smith is serving a life sentence for the slaying of Laura McNaugton. The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — A New Mexico dentist serving life in prison for murder is no longer a “person of interest” in the unsolved killings of several prostitutes in the Lawton area. Oklahoma State Bureau […]

Number of area homicides falls again

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer For the second straight year, the number of area homicides dropped in 2006. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler, chief law enforcement officer for Curry and Roosevelt counties, said three homicides occurred in the district in 2006 — down from six in 2005 and 12 in 2004. All three […]

Top five local stories of 2004

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Curry County saw 11 homicides in 2004. Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked readers to help us identify the top news stories of 2004. Here are results from our Web site poll: 1. Homicides were too frequent: 38 percent Curry County experienced 11 homicides in 2004, including 10 in the city. The most recent […]

Year in review: Homicides on the climb

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Detectives Keith Farkas (standing) and Kirk Roberts on June 26 investigate the scene at 916 Axtell St., where Clovis resident Roshawn A. Pitts was shot. Pitts died later that day at the hospital. (CNJ file photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The number of homicides in Curry County and Clovis in the last five […]

Homicides in Curry County up significantly

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By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher is tired of all the homicides in Clovis and Curry County. He’s tired of the words “killed” and “Clovis” in the same sentence in newspapers and on television as far away as Amarillo, Roswell and Albuquerque. He’s not the only one concerned that […]