Bedford dodges death penalty

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Stanley Bedford, right, smiles while talking to defense attorney Gary Mitchell in District Court in Albuquerque following the penalty phase. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Stanley Bedford will not be New Mexico’s third death row inmate. Jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict in the penalty phase of […]

Newman family members testify

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Family members say the way Doris and Odis Newman were brutally killed left emotional scars that will never heal. Six family members testified Tuesday — one via videotape — during the prosecution’s victim-impact portion in the penalty phase against Stanley Bedford. They all told similar stories about how […]

Death penalty phase of Bedford trial set to begin

CNJ staff An Albuquerque jury will reconvene today to begin the penalty phase for Stanley Bedford, convicted last week of killing Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. The jury on June 14 handed down a guilty verdict for eight charges against Bedford, including two counts each of first-degree murder and kidnapping in connection with the […]

Death penalty phase planned

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A dozen Albuquerque jurors found Stanley Bedford guilty last week of killing Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. The same jury will reconvene Thursday in Albuquerque to determine whether Bedford should die as punishment. The death penalty phase is unlike any other trial in New Mexico, District Attorney Matt Chandler […]

Capital murder case sent to jury

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Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson District Attorney Matt Chandler holds a portrait of Odis and Doris Newman during his closing argument Tuesday in the trial of Stanley Bedford in Albuquerque. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The fate of Stanley Bedford now lays in the hands of a dozen Albuquerque residents. Jurors began deliberations about […]

Prosecution rests

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Roman Romero of the Clovis Police Department speaks to jurors Friday about a diagram he made of the scene in Portales where Jerry Fuller was shot and arrested on the morning of March 8, 2005. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The prosecution rested its case Friday afternoon in […]

Week in review: Fuller testimony at heart of case

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Jerry Fuller told Albuquerque jurors Stanley Bedford helped him plan and execute a robbery of his aunt and uncle, Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. He also testified that when he realized the Newmans could identify him, it was later Bedford’s idea to kill the couple by […]

Defense: Witness has ulterior motive

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Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson Jerry Fuller answers questions Friday from Gary Mitchell, the defense attorney for Stanley Bedford, during Bedford’s trial in District Court in Albuquerque. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Prosecutors spent Friday walking Jerry Fuller through inconsistencies in his statements made over more than two years about his and Stanley […]

Defense paints Bedford as victim

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Defense attorney Gary Mitchell addresses jurors during opening arguments Thursday in Albuquerque. Mitchell’s client, Stanley Bedford, is accused of killing a Portales couple. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — The state called Stanley Bedford a plotting killer who even scares people who know him. His defense attorney calls […]

Fuller testifies against Bedford

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Jerry Fuller said he felt remorse seconds after setting a car on fire with his aunt and uncle locked inside, and characterized an accused accomplice as a drug pusher who’d “try to cheat you constantly.” Fuller, serving a 127-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to murder in […]