Jury selection begins in Tucumcari kidnapping, child sex case

TUCUMCARi — Jury selection began Monday for a convicted Curry County sex offender who is charged with kidnapping and sexual assaulting a Tucumcari 9-year-old. Kenneth Leon Mills, 30, is charged with two felony counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, kidnapping and aggravated burglary. According to court documents, the alleged attack occurred on Aug. […]

Home invasion suspect sentenced to 41 years

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A Portales man who chose to represent himself amid allegations he beat an 82-year-old woman while burglarizing her home has been convicted and sentenced to 41 years in prison. A Roosevelt County jury convicted Preston Blake of aggravated burglary and other charges on Friday. Blake, 27, is the third […]

Two Clovis men convicted of 2008 summer home invasions

Freedom New Mexico Two of seven people accused of participating in a home invasion spree in Clovis and Portales last summer have been convicted of charges. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Jeremy Enriquez, 20, and Oscar Hernandez, 17, were found guilty by a Clovis jury Tuesday of charges stemming from their crime spree. They were […]

Seniors jump the gun on jury duty exemption

Legislation that would allow citizens 70 and older to exempt from jury duty is causing a headache for court clerks who are fielding calls from seniors trying to invoke their age exemption. The problem is the bill is still pending and even if it is passed, it won’t become law until July 1. District court […]

Jury Convicts Clovis Man of Kidnapping and Rape Charges

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today Anthony Morgan, age 36, was convicted after a two day jury trial on one (1) count of First Degree Kidnapping, one (1) count of Criminal Sexual Penetration, two (2) counts of Aggravated Assault, one (1) count of Aggravated Battery, and six (6) counts of […]

Proposed bill exempts seniors from jury duty

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The saying age has its privileges may find new meaning in New Mexico law. A bill passed by the state Senate Tuesday gives senior citizens 70 and older an automatic pass on jury duty. Introduced by Sen. Stuart Ingle, SB 112 gives citizens 70 and older a choice to […]

Jury selection set for Monday

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Richardson won’t address grand jury investigation

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Gov. Bill Richardson withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obama’s commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation into how some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract. The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson held a brief news conference Monday about his decision to withdraw his nomination as U.S. Commerce […]

Indictment in Causey homicide

Portales, NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today Billy Joe Watson, age 44, was indicted by a Roosevelt County Grand Jury this afternoon.

Teenage girls give testimony during second day of murder trial

CNJ Staff Two teenage girls gave testimony for the prosecution Tuesday morning that placed three brothers and two other men at the apartment complex where 10-year-old Carlos Perez was shot and killed more than two years ago. Melissa Sanchez was the first witness in Day 2 of the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas, 23, […]

Jury selection continues in Salas trial

CNJ staff Jury selection in the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas continued after lunch Monday, court officials said.

Trial set to start Monday

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jury selection in the first-degree murder trial for a third brother charged in the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy is set to begin Monday in Clovis.

Jury convicts on meth sales

Freedom New Mexico A jury found a 34-yearold Clovis man guilty Friday of selling methamphetamine to undercover narcotic agents from Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. Raymond Miguel Gonzales was found guilty on three counts of seconddegree distribution of methamphetamine. It was the defendant’s second conviction of […]

Clovis man convicted of sexual abuse

Clovis Man Convicted of Nineteen Counts of Sexual Crimes against Children Faces a Possible Sentence of 199 Years in Prison Clovis, NM. ~ Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Arnold Armenta, age 40, was found guilty by a jury of eighteen counts of 2nd Degree Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor under […]

Jury to enter third day of deliberations

Freedom New Mexico staff CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Four men and one woman deciding the fate of Airman Basic Edward Novak II will return this morning for a third day of deliberations in the first-degree murder case. They began considering the case Tuesday morning and have deliberated more than 19 hours, secluded in the […]

Novak jury still deliberating

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Jurors recessed after deliberating for approximately nine hours Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II. They will resume deliberations at 8 a.m.Wednesday. If a guilty verdict is rendered, the court will move immediately into sentencing. Novak could face life […]

Novak jury recesses for day

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Jurors recessed after deliberating for approximately nine hours Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II. They will resume deliberations at 8 a.m.Wednesday. If a guilty verdict is rendered, the court will move immediately into sentencing. Novak could face life […]

Clovis man convicted in child’s death

9th Judicial District Attorney’s office Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today a Clovis Jury deliberated for approximately two hours before returning a Guilty Verdict against Leroy “Roy” Jaramillo, age 44, for the death of a 9 month-old Clovis baby. The baby, Cristyan Ibarra, died on October 15, 2004 in a […]

Local Roundup: Court officials warn of scam

CNJ staff A recent scam that plays on citizens being called for jury duty has court officials getting the word out. A caller claims to be a jury coordinator and tells the citizen he or she didn’t report for jury duty and asks for a social security number and date of birth, so the caller […]

Jury finds man guilty of armed robbery, assault

CNJ staff Curry County jury found a 22-year-old Clovis man guilty of armed robbery Friday, according to the District Attorney’s office. Frank Lasky was convicted of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, aggravated assault with intent to commit a violent felony, felon in possession of a firearm, and criminal damage. He faces up to 28 years […]