Sex-crime defendant accepts plea agreement

By Darrell Todd Maurina A 21-year-old accused of sexual assault reported to the Curry County Adult Detention Center Thursday evening for 60 days of sexual offender diagnostic testing. John Jacobs faces up to 18 months in state prison after entering into a plea agreement with prosecutors to one count of attempted criminal sexual penetration. Jacobs […]

DA opts for closed grand jury hearings in child-sex cases

By Darrell Todd Maurina Three people accused of involvement with a group that engaged in sex with preteen girls won’t face preliminary hearings this week. Instead, the district attorney’s office has opted to conduct closed grand jury hearings in their cases. Under New Mexico law, district attorneys have several methods to present evidence showing probable […]

Clovis man cleared of rape charge

By Darrell Todd Maurina Editor’s note: This story contains some graphic descriptions that some readers may find objectionable. PORTALES — A Roosevelt County jury late Friday found John Jacobs innocent of raping a fellow Eastern New Mexico University student. The courtroom audience then erupted — some in tears and others in relief. Judge Stephen Quinn […]

DA: Clovis’ violent year not typical

Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis area has seen five deaths related to firearms in the past seven months and 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter said the violence is not typical. “This has probably been one of the most violent years as far as firearms-related deaths,” Carter said. “I think this is the first time […]

Cops and Courts 6/8

A Curry County grand jury handed down first degree murder indictments Friday afternoon in the double homicide of Wesley Griest and Alex Rodriguez on Feb. 28. According to 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter, the grand jury indicted Dominic L. Murphy, 25, of Clovis, on two counts of first degree murder and tampering with evidence, […]

Cops and Courts

A Curry County grand jury handed down first degree murder indictments Friday afternoon in the double homicide of Wesley Griest and Alex Rodriguez on Feb. 28. According to 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter, the grand jury indicted Dominic L. Murphy, 25, of Clovis, on two counts of first degree murder and tampering with evidence, […]

Liberties being violated in name of Patriot Act

No terrorist act ought to reduce Americans’ precious civil liberties, our greatest treasure and gift to the world. Yet that has been happening in so many ways, such as with the misnamed USA Patriot Act. The act has even distorted the grand jury process, especially at the federal level. Grand juries were set up in […]