Potential Bedford jurors examined

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Jury selection continued Tuesday in the death-penalty trial of Stanley Bedford, who is accused in the killing of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen […]

Newman Project gets off ground

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Richard and Louise Smith value their independence, however, health problems and a string of attempted break-ins have left them worried about their safety. Peace of mind arrived for the retired Portales couple Thursday via the Newman Project, a senior safety program instituted by District Attorney Matt Chandler’s office. […]

Military feature: Airman tackles marathon

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Staff Sgt. Lucas Newman says he didn’t like running until he was deployed to Iraq. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Lucas Newman never really liked running until his first sergeant talked him into a 5-kilometer race two years ago during a deployment to Iraq. The Cannon Air Force Base […]

Senior safety project launch scheduled

By Freedom Newspapers The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office will launch a senior citizen safety project at 11 a.m. Monday at Valencia Elementary School in Portales, according to a press release. The program is called “The Newman Project” in honor of Odis and Doris Newman, a Roosevelt County senior citizen couple killed in 2005. Its […]

Fuller sentenced

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Stanley and Vickie Dixon stand together as they testify Wednesday during the sentencing hearing of Jerry Wayne Fuller. Vickie Dixon is the victims’ daughter. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — As Jerry Wayne Fuller was escorted by deputies from the Roosevelt County district courtroom Wednesday to begin a 127-year […]

Plea reached in 2005 Portales slayings

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl TerryJerry Fuller, center, flanked by defense attorneys Jeffrey Jones, right, and Bill Stanton appears Thursday at a plea hearing. Fuller accepted a 127-year sentence for the 2005 slayings of Odis and Doris Newman. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Jerry Wayne Fuller avoided a possible death sentence Thursday in connection with […]

Newman timeline

Freedom Newspapers March 2, 2005: Officials said someone attempted to use a debit card that belonged to Doris Newman, 69, and identified a car belonging to her and Odis Newman, 70, at a Portales bank in surveillance video. March 3, 2005: Firefighters are called to a car fire southeast of Portales. The remains of Odis […]

Lawmakers approve senior safety bill

CNJ staff New Mexico lawmakers earlier this month approved $45,000 for The Newman Project, designed to increase safety for senior citizens in the 9th Judicial District, according to a news release from prosecutor Matt Chandler. Gov. Bill Richardson must still approve the funding, the release said. Odis and Doris Newman were Portales senior citizens killed […]

District attorney pushes senior safety program

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler is asking lawmakers for $50,000 he hopes will help spotlight and improve safety for senior citizens in Roosevelt County. “There are many laws to punish those who abuse the elderly that are reactive,” Chandler said. “We want this to be proactive and an innovative […]

Economic growth top priority for local officials

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When business owner Bobby Newman moved to New Mexico 50 years ago, the state, he said, was infamous for three things. “There were three things everybody said about New Mexico: They had the worst roads in the union, we were second only to Louisiana as far as being politically […]

Newman, Hattie

Hattie Newman Services: Have been held. Hattie “Irene” Newman, 97, of Bloomfield, died Wednesday, June 15, 2005, at the home of her sister. She was born on Jan. 23, 1908, in Proctor, Texas. She came to New Mexico in 1924. She married James B. Newman in 1926. They lived in San Jon for a number […]

Simnacher, Nancy

Services: Have been held. Mrs. Nancy Simnacher. 59, of Portales, died Sunday, May 1, 2005, at Covenant Lakeside Hospital in Lubbock. She was born on June 14, 1945, in Clovis, to Dollie and Herman Roberson. She grew up in Farwell. She married Gene Newman in 1960. In the early 1970’s they settled in Portales. In […]

Suspects indicted in Newman deaths

Staff and wire reports Two men were indicted by a Roosevelt County grand jury Friday in the deaths of Odis and Doris Newman. Stanley Bedford and Jerry Fuller were each indicted on two counts of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in the deaths of the Newmans, District Attorney Matthew Chandler said. Odis Newman was 70, […]

Newman, Odis

Services: Have been held. Mr. Odis Newman, 70, of Portales, died Thursday, March 3, 2005. He was born on April 15, 1934, in Lyndsey, Okla., to Lilly and Ovid Newman. He moved to New Mexico as a boy and attended school in Grady. He married Doris Jackson on Nov. 7, 1953. Not long after they […]

Newman, Doris

Services: Have been held. Mrs. Doris Newman, 69, of Portales, died Thursday, March 3, 2005. She was born on Sept. 28, 1935, in McAlister, to Maude and Raymond H. Jackson. She lived in the Clovis-Melrose-House-Ranchvale area as a girl. She graduated from high school in Ranchvale in 1953. She married Odis Newman on Nov. 7, […]

Newmans left lasting impression

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom newspapers Portales said its collective farewell Friday to Odis and Doris Newman. The Newmans loved to eat breakfast at McDonald’s with a group o f friends six times a week, and they loved to play marbles and dominoes at the Senior Citizens Center. But most of the funeral service was dedicated […]

Details of Portales couple’s death released

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Odis and Doris Newman were alive when they were locked in the trunk of their car, according to court documents. Their bodies were found March 3 in the trunk of their burned vehicle. Details of their deaths were found in an arrest affidavit filed Friday in the case against one […]

Suspect profiles

Compiled by David Irvin Three men and one woman are in police custody in connection with last week’s deaths of Odis and Doris Newman. The following profiles of the suspects were compiled by Freedom Newspapers Staff Writer David Irvin. Jerry Fuller Age: 32 Residence: Portales Charge: Two open counts of murder Bond: None Fuller is […]

Newman case: Four in custody; one shot

CNJ Staff Four suspects are in custody, including one who was shot by police, in connection with last week’s suspicious deaths in Portales, officials said on Tuesday morning. A news release from District Attorney Matthew Chandler said a press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. today. Additional information was not immediately available. Portales residents Odis […]

Friend says Odis, Doris Newman provided fond memories for lifetime.

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Suspect may have used Newmans’ debit bank card. By David Stevens: CNJ Editor David Sanders will never understand why anyone would want to harm Odis or Doris Newman. “They were the kind of people that would open the door to anybody,” he said. “They figured if somebody knocked on their door, they needed something, so […]