Man indicted in 2004 shooting of Causey rancher

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Roosevelt County man was indicted Friday in the 9th Judicial District Court in connection with the 2005 shooting death of Causey rancher Jimmy “Bo” Chunn, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. William “Billy” Joe Watson, 44, is charged with accessory to first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder […]

Man sentenced to 10 years for trafficking

Clovis, N.M. – Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Daniel Harrison, age 26, was convicted and sentenced today to ten (10) years in the Department of Corrections.

Man sentenced for food store robbery

Clovis, NM – Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today Frank Lasky, age 22, was sentenced today to serve twenty-one (21) years in prison.

Man arrested for Clovis bank robbery

Mother convicted in truancy case

Clovis, NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Edwina Armijo, age 31, pled guilty and was sentenced today for knowingly and allowing her 12 year old child to become habitually truant from school.

Victim’s rights breakfast Tuesday

Clovis, NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that during the week of April 14th through the 18th, the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office will join together with crime victims and victims’ rights services to publicly promote victim’s rights and educate the Ninth Judicial District’s communities about the devastating impact of crime […]

Accused shooter enters plea before Monday trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A man accused of shooting a Clovis teen during a dispute pleaded guilty Friday to voluntary manslaughter and will serve more than eight years in prison, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. John Cameron, 26, was scheduled to go to trial Monday for second-degree murder in connection with the […]

Judicial court employees promoted

CNJ staff The 9th Judicial District Court has announced the promotions of three personnel. Orlando Ulibarri has been promoted to the position of deputy court administrator. A 15-year employee with the court, Ulibarri formerly managed the domestic violence program. He will now oversee the domestic violence program, computer and network information technology, digital recording and […]

Tatum named judge in 9th Judicial District

Freedom New Mexico staff SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson has appointed Drew Tatum of Clovis to fill a vacant seat in the 9th Judicial District. Tatum, whose principal office will be in Portales, replaces Judge Joe Parker, who resigned from the position for health reasons on July 31. There are five district judges in […]

Seven vie for judicial position

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A seventh applicant’s name was added to the list for a judicial vacancy in the 9th Judicial District, according to a press release from the Judicial Nominating Commissions. Fred Van Soelen’s name was left off the original list released on Friday. Van Soelen’s application was turned in on time but […]

Six apply for judgeship

Freedom Newspapers Six applications have been received for a judicial vacancy in the 9th Judicial District. Deadline for applications to be received at the Judicial Selection Office was 5 p.m. Friday. Applicants for the position, created by the resignation of Judge Joe Parker, include Brian P. Brack, Kathleen M. Haynes, Donna J. Mowrer, Kent Peterson, […]

Applicants sought for judgeship

Applications are being accepted for a judgeship position in the 9th Judicial District Court vacated last week by former District Judge Joe Parker, according to a news release from the Judicial Nominating Commission. Attorneys meeting statutory qualifications may submit applications until 5 p.m. Aug. 17. Applications are available by calling 277-4700 or visiting http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.php. The […]

First Person: Judge parts from judicial system

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Judge Fred Hensley, 70, worked for 35 years in the local judicial system, spending the last decade as officer of the Curry/Roosevelt Domestic Violence Office. He is retiring June 29. Hensley talked with the CNJ about his experiences. The early years: I was planning […]

Forum scheduled for tonight

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In an effort to acquaint community members with local resources available for crime victims, the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office is hosting a public forum tonight. A panel of representatives from multiple judicial and victims’ services in Roosevelt and Curry counties will be on hand to talk with residents […]

Senator secures funds for sexual assault examiners

CNJ staff Legislative funds will be used to purchase equipment for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in Curry County, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Approximately $20,000 will be used to purchase a colposcope, a computerized camera for magnifying, photographing and documenting injuries during collection of forensic evidence, the release […]

EPA ruling won’t help warming, citizens’ wallets

By Freedom Newspapers The standard argument deploring judicial activism is that all too often interested parties who have failed to achieve their political objectives through the legislative process or by petitioning administrative or regulatory agencies turn to the courts to try to get what they have failed to get through the political process. This argument […]

Judge says court needs new facility

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Cramped and insecure in the Curry County Courthouse, the 9th Judicial District Court needs a new home, according to the court’s chief judge, Teddy Hartley. Building a judicial complex is a “project we must begin in earnest,” Hartley told Curry County commissioners last week. Growth of the court and […]

Local senator proposes drug trafficking bill

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, has introduced a bill in the state Senate that would mandate five-year minimum sentences for repeat drug trafficking offenders. The bill could be heard on the Senate floor in the next couple of weeks, he said. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said he has […]

Clovis detective hired by DA’s office

CNJ Staff The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has hired Clovis police detective Dan Aguilar as a senior investigator. Aguilar has been with the Clovis Police Department for approximately 17 years. He leaves the position of sergeant of detectives from the Clovis Police Department to join the District Attorney’s Office. Aguilar will start his new […]

New evidence found in slaying

CNJ Staff New evidence was discovered Tuesday in the death penalty case against a Clovis dentist accused of killing a 30-year-old mother of two and leaving her body in a rural ditch, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Members of the Curry County Major Crimes Unit found the evidence during a search at 316 […]