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 […]