Court tries to up jury numbers

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Dodging jury duty in Curry County is getting tougher. Gone are the days when prospective jurors simply asked court clerks to be excused — and excusals are for three years. Now they must go before a judge. District Judge David Reeb said about 75 people showed up recently for […]

Capital murder case sent to jury

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Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson District Attorney Matt Chandler holds a portrait of Odis and Doris Newman during his closing argument Tuesday in the trial of Stanley Bedford in Albuquerque. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The fate of Stanley Bedford now lays in the hands of a dozen Albuquerque residents. Jurors began deliberations about […]

Bedford trial — week in review

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Staff photo: Kevin Wilson New Mexico State Police investigator Kevin Massis shows jurors possible scenarios of the attack on Odis Newman at District Court in Albuquerque. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — One witness has told jurors Stanley Bedford helped him plan and complete the burglary and murders of Odis and Doris Newman, […]

Bedford jurors chosen

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — With a series of hypothetical questions, showings of hands and criticisms of popular television shows, a panel of 65 men and women was pared down to 16 jurors in the case of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Wednesday was the final day of […]

Opening arguments in Bedford trial should start Thursday

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — The court has reached its stated goal in a jury pool for the trial of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. However, all sides involved feel they’d be best served with one more day of selection. There are 61 potential jurors on a panel […]

Jury selection to resume Tuesday in death penalty case

CNJ Staff Jury selection won’t be completed until at least Tuesday in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen property. The […]

Bedford jury selections continues

Freedom Newspapers Jury selection is still on schedule in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen property. So far, District Attorney […]

Bedford jury selection continues

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Jury selection is roughly half finished in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping and other lesser charges. As of Wednesday, 100 potential jurors […]

Potential Bedford jurors examined

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Jury selection continued Tuesday in the death-penalty trial of Stanley Bedford, who is accused in the killing of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen […]

Jury finds Macias guilty

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Defendant Robert Macias, left, and his attorney, James Klipstine Jr., wait to hear the verdict at the Curry County Courthouse. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Wilfred Salas Jr.’s family members put their arms around each other and leaned their heads together as the jury’s verdict was read. Robert Macias, […]