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Clovis BPO Does Clovis BPO Does held a regular meeting on Jan. 26 with President Sandie Kitchens presiding. Entertainment Chairman Kandi Hall announced there would be an Elks/Does Valentine’s Dinner and Dance on Feb. 11. The cost is $15 per person for advance sales and $20 at the door. Membership Chairman Sammye May read a […]

Miracles happen; ordinary folks become heroes

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Carolyn Kitchens sat in her pickup on a snowy January night in 1998, watching as the last wall fell into the flames that engulfed her home. Everything burned except her grandmother’s cast-iron stove, which glowed red-hot in the moonlight. Kitchens lived in a farm house between Tolar and House and drove […]

Muleshoe man convicted of murder

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers MULESHOE — Family members of Vince Simnacher believe justice was served Friday when a Bailey County jury convicted a Muleshoe man of capital murder. Larry Kitchens, 53, was found guilty after 45 minutes of jury deliberation and sentenced to life in prison, according to 287th District Attorney Johnny Actkinson. Actkinson […]

Muleshoe man faces second murder trial

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Muleshoe man who has been acquitted of two murder charges went on trial Monday in connection with the third victim in a 2003 triple homicide. A jury was selected and two prosecution witnesses were heard Monday in the trial of Larry Brent Kitchens, 52, who is accused of […]

Muleshoe man found innocent by jury

CNJ staff reports MULESHOE — A Bailey County jury found a Muleshoe man innocent of a murder charge on Friday, District Judge Gordon Green said. Larry Brent Kitchens, 52, was found innocent of murdering Derwin Wyn Beauchamp, 43, in October of 2003 at the home of Vince Simnacher. Kitchens is also charged with killing his […]

Muleshoe man’s attorney argues passion, accidents

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Larry Kitchens, left, is escorted by Bailey County Sheriff Richard Willis as the two return from lunch recess Wednesday during Kitchens’ murder trial. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor MULESHOE — The defense attorney for a Muleshoe man charged with killing three people told a jury Wednesday his client accidentally shot […]

Attorney will not seek death in murder case

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor MULESHOE — A Muleshoe man charged with capital murder in the deaths of three people including his ex-wife will not face the death penalty, court officials said Wednesday during jury selection at the Bailey County Courthouse. Larry Kitchens, 52, dressed in a light, white, button-down shirt and jeans, listened […]

(Cops and Courts) Police lieutenant will attend FBI academy

A 33-year-old Clovis police lieutenant has been accepted into the FBI National Academy, an exclusive three-month course that trains law enforcement in administration, terrorism and violent crime investigation. Lt. Patrick Whitney will leave in January for the academy in Quantico, Va. The course runs from Jan. 9 to March 16, and only two law-enforcement personnel […]

Trial tabled in triple homicide

By Darrell Todd Maurina MULESHOE — The man charged with capital murder in the Oct. 10 triple slaying of his former wife and two other men had his trial postponed Wednesday morning after prosecutors said they weren’t ready to take the case to trial. Judge Gordon H. Green of the 287th District Court granted the […]

Triple homicide suspect moved

By Jack King A man charged with the murders of three Bailey County, Texas, people was moved to the Lamb County (Texas) Detention Center Saturday for security reasons, Bailey County Sheriff Richard Wills said Sunday. Larry Brent Kitchens, 51, was arrested Saturday on capital murder charges in connection with the death of his ex-wife Rhonda […]

Muleshoe man arrested on multiple murder charges

By Darrell Todd Maurina Officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety arrested a Muleshoe man Saturday night on capital murder charges in connection with a triple slaying, according to Bailey County Sheriff Richard Wills. According to Wills, Larry Brent Kitchens, 51, shot three people around 11:45 p.m. Friday at the home of Vince Simnacher […]