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 […]

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 […]

8/8 cops and courts

Police are offering tips on avoiding credit card fraud, which has been on the rise nationwide, according to a recent press release from the Clovis Police Department. Among the tips, according to the release: • Make sure credit card receipts are protected. If a customer does not take the receipt, store employees should make sure […]

Deadly shooting leads to arrest

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Detective Keith Farkas (standing) and detective Kirk Roberts investigate the scene at 916 Axtell St., where Clovis resident Roshawn A. Pitts was shot before noon Friday. (CNJ Staff Photo: Mike Linn) By Janet Bresenham: CNJ Staff Writer Police believe the man suspected in Curry County’s sixth homicide of the year ran to a nearby daycare […]

Teen arraigned in death of woman found in back yard

By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — A Portales teenager was arraigned Thursday morning on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of a Portales woman. Richard Baca, 18, is accused in the April slaying of Amber Robinson, 19. Her body was found in the back yard of the house where Baca lives. Baca was indicted […]

Teen charged with first-degree murder

Staff and wire reports PORTALES — A Roosevelt County grand jury has indicted a Portales teenager on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of a Portales woman. Richard Baca, 18, is accused in the April slaying of Amber Robinson, 19. Her body was found in the back yard of the house where Baca […]

Cannon airman guilty of killing

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Found guilty of unpremeditated murder THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WICHITA FALLS, Texas — An airman from Cannon Air Force Base has been found guilty by a military judge of unpremeditated murder in the death of a Sheppard Air Force Base fuels investigator he apparently dated. Staff Sgt. Jason P. Arindain was found innocent on charges of […]

Beheading shows Iraq war victims everyday people

Everyone who saw the image of Islamic militants beheading an American contractor in Iraq has reacted with understandable horror. Few things are more brutal than the cold-blooded murder by masked thugs, and the chosen method of execution was particularly grisly. Americans are in shock and mourning, made all the worse by the detailed media descriptions […]

Teen held in killing

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES —A Portales teenager was charged with murder on Wednesday. Richard Baca, who turned 18 on May 2, is accused of killing Amber Robinson, 19, of Portales. Robinson’s body was discovered fully intact Friday afternoon, buried in the back yard of a residence at 717 N. Ave. J, where Baca […]

First-degree murder charge dropped in trial

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Fernando Garcia no longer faces the possibility of life in prison after prosecutors dropped the most serious charge of first-degree murder for lack of evidence. Deputy District Attorney Bryan McKay told the court on Wednesday that testimony so far hasn’t provided enough evidence to prove Garcia acted intentionally […]

Jury issues stall trial

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Difficulties seating an impartial jury delayed the homicide trial of Fernando Garcia, 20, until late Monday afternoon. But prosecutors and defense attorneys were still able to present brief testimony from two law enforcement officers before adjourning for the evening. Garcia faces charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and […]

Homicide cases still active within courts

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Ninth Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter says the only recent unsolved homicide in Curry County is that of J.C. Tucker, who was shot to death at his business near Cannon Air Force Base on Sept. 4, 2003. The following cases are still working their way through the court […]

Grand jury to decide charge in gun death

Cops and Courts Ninth Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter said the Mark Madrid case will be sent to a grand jury to determine what charges he should face. “It could possibly be a first-degree murder, second-degree murder, or voluntary homicide,” Carter said. Madrid was arrested Monday for open murder in connection with the shooting death […]

Two men arrested in chase slaying

By Darrell Todd Maurina Two Clovis men face charges of open murder following their arrests Monday night in connection with the Jan. 4 shooting death of Carlos Murillo. Santiago Calbert, 19, and Christopher Meier, 20, were both arrested without incident at their residences, Clovis Police Det. Keith Bessette said. “We found out their addresses and […]

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 […]

Banning media impedes suspects’ right to fair trial

Freedom Newspapers High-profile murder trials by their very nature attract a great deal of attention and interest in a community that has been touched by a heinous crime. Add the murder of children to these types of cases and the sensitivities surrounding these legal proceedings come into clearer focus. We understand and respect that appropriate […]

Man indicted in death of Friona cop

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Parmer County grand jury handed down a capital murder indictment Tuesday in what Sheriff Randy Geries believes is the county’s first capital murder case in at least 40 years. Jose Adam Gomez, 38, of Dumas, Texas, faces either the death penalty or life in prison if convicted of the April […]

Martinez plea hearing to be rescheduled

CNJ Staff CNJ STAFF The plea hearing for a 26-year-old Clovis man charged in connection with a double homicide in February has been postponed to a later date. Joey Martinez was expected to plead guilty and be sentenced Thursday afternoon before Ninth Judicial District Judge Robert C. Brack, but the hearing was vacated at the […]