Clovis man sentenced to life in prison for second time

CNJ staff A 35-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to life in prison for the second time after receiving a retrial for the 2006 shooting death of a 19-year-old man. Robert Macias received the sentence Wednesday, the maximum allowed on charges of first-degree murder in the death of Wilfred Salas Jr. Macias was convicted in 2007, […]

Robert Macias found guilty of first-degree murder

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson District Attorney Matt Chandler listens with the jury to a 911 call reporting Wilfred Salas Jr.’s car crashed at Seventh and Merriwether Streets. Police later discovered Salas crashed after being shot in the back of the head as he drove north on Merriwether Street. Sharna Johnson For a second time, […]

34-year-old Clovis man’s retrial postponed

Sharna Johnson A second trial for a 34-year-old Clovis man has been postponed. Robert Macias’ five-day trial was expected to begin Monday in 9th Judicial District Court, but it was continued late last week, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler said the decision to postpone came at the last minute during a Friday pre-trial […]

Birthdays — Oct. 17

Castillo John Castillo of Clovis celebrated his 40th birthday 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at home. He was born Oct. 12, 1970, in Muleshoe. The celebration was hosted by his sister, April Macias aka “Fraggle.” He has four children. Your sister loves you so much and wishes you the best birthday ever. May the good Lord […]

Birthdays — Oct. 3

Macias Gus Macias of Clovis celebrated his 18th birthday 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27, 2010, at 921 Adams Rd. He was born Sept. 27, 1992, in Clovis. The celebration was hosted by his family. He has one daughter. His family, especially his daughter, Lisa Maria Macias, would like to wish him a very happy birthday. We […]

Macias’ murder conviction overturned

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Courtesy photo By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer New Mexico’s supreme court has overturned convictions of a Clovis man for a 2006 murder. In a unanimous decision issued Tuesday, the court ruled that hearsay evidence was improperly allowed into the trial of Robert Macias, who was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder in […]

Found ferret will be up for adoption

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Alerted by her dogs barking, April Macias found an unusual visitor in her yard — a ferret. She said she found the slender, white and black-tipped creature in the corner of her dog’s kennel. Macias said she picked up the domesticated mammal, took it in the house, put it […]

Trash catches fire while in truck

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Firefighter Steve Ervin sprays foam on a burning pile of trash in an empty lot at 14th and Pile Streets around 11:30 a.m. Thursday while city workers look on. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis city sanitation truck driver dumped a burning load of trash at an empty […]

Killer sentenced to life

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Robert Macias and his attorney, James Klipstine Jr., confer Tuesday before Macias was sentenced. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer While the daughter he never met cooed quietly in her mother’s arms, the mother of Wilfred Salas Jr. asked a Clovis judge to give her son’s killer the maximum sentence […]

Defense attorney wants new trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The defense attorney for a 31-year-old Clovis man convicted of first-degree murder contends his client’s rights were violated when police recorded his phone conversations from jail without his knowledge, according to court records. James Klipstine Jr. filed a six-page motion Thursday in the 9th Judicial District Court asking for […]

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, […]

Defendant takes stand in slaying trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Homicide defendant Robert Macias took the stand in court Monday, denying any involvement in the shooting death of a 19-year-old city man a little more than a year ago. After brief questioning by defense attorney James Klipstine Jr., District Attorney Matt Chandler grilled the defendant regarding his account of […]

Wife defends Macias at trial

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Defendant Robert Macias, left, reads the transcript of a phone call on Friday with defense attorney James Klipstine Jr., as the conversation is played in court at the Curry County Courthouse. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The wife of homicide defendant Robert Macias told jurors Friday her husband was […]

Witnesses admit to deception

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Defendant Robert Macias (CNJ file photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Defense attorney James Klipstine Jr. spent much of Thursday attempting to chip away at the credibility of a parade of prosecution witnesses in the first-degree murder trial of a 31-year-old Clovis man. Testimony began with the cross-examination of the prosecution’s key witness, Daniel […]

Witness: Macias did it

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Prosecution witness Daniel Garcia testifies Wednesday at the Curry County Courthouse during the first day of a homicide trial. Garcia testified he was with homicide defendant Robert Macias at time of shooting. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The prosecution’s opening witness testified Wednesday he and homicide defendant Robert “Pelon” […]

Murder trial for Clovis man delayed

CNJ staff Next week’s first-degree murder trial for a Clovis man will be delayed almost six months, according to the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Robert Macias was scheduled for a three-day trial starting Wednesday, but additional days were needed to accommodate more witness testimony than originally planned. The next available date that could be […]

In death, teen gave life

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Donna Durham, right, received a kidney from Wilfred Salas, son of Velma Valdez. Salas was shot and killed earlier this year. Durham is holding up a shirt with his photo. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In life, he did not follow a straight and narrow path. In death, Wilfred Salas […]

Macias, Juan

Juan V. Macias, 76, of Clovis, died Saturday, Jan 21, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born April 9, 1929, in Pedernales, Chihuahua, Mexico, to Juan and Eusebia Valles Macias. He brought his family to Clovis in 1979 and worked as a cooker at the ethanol plant until his retirement in 1991. He […]

Macias indicted in shooting

CNJ staff A Magistrate Court judge ruled Thursday during a preliminary hearing that probable cause exists to indict a 30-year-old Clovis man on first-degree murder, shooting at a moving vehicle and felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Court. Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis, who heard testimony […]

2/4 Parkview honor roll

Third Grade A Honor Roll: Rubie Alarcon, Bianca Campos, Patricia Guna, Dannelle Kirven, Crystal Lujan, Christopher Sandoval, Veronica Serna, Yvonne Sisneros, Brittany Stewart, Justin Vistine A/B Honor Roll: Nathaniel Alexander; James Baca, Bryanna Bradley, Charlie Dodge, Odalys Esquivel, Angelina Hernandez, Sheresa Kirven, James Kitzhaber, Vanessa Miranda, Ja-Bre Molett, Courtney Romans, Bianca Soto, Destiny Torres 4th […]