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 […]

Trial dates set in slaying of Portales couple

By Tony Parra A man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple will go on trial a year from now. District Judge Stephen Quinn on Friday set Stanley Bedford’s jury trial for Sept. 5 through Oct. 13 next year. Bedford, 42, is accused of killing Odis Newman, 70, and Doris Newman, 69, in March. Jerry […]

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, […]

Suspect awaits grand jury hearing

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Jerry Fuller, one of two Portales residents accused of killing Odis and Doris Newman, is back in Portales and awaits a grand jury hearing today. Fuller, 32, had been hospitalized since March 8, when he was shot by police during his arrest. He was airlifted to Covenant Hospital in Lubbock for […]

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 […]

More charges filed in slayings

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Photos of homicide victims Odis and Doris Newman are displayed along with a variety of BB and pellet guns at a news conference Thursday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Additional charges were filed Thursday in connection with last week’s slaying of two longtime Portales residents. Police also […]

Investigation continues in Newman slayings

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Funeral services for Odis and Doris Newman are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, but information about how they died remained limited on Wednesday. Meanwhile, a man accused of killing the longtime Portales residents was still in a Lubbock hospital after he was shot by police attempting to arrest him. The […]

Arrests end days of angst

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Lt. Jimmy Glascock of the New Mexico State Police (left) speaks about Tuesday’s officer-involved shooting while 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler (right) and Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey look on. (CNJ correspondent: Claude Vigil) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Five days after Roosevelt County officials discovered two bodies in the trunk of a burned […]

Timeline of events in Roosevelt County deaths

Freedom Newspapers Timeline: Roosevelt County deaths • 10:15 p.m. Wednesday: Officials said a car belonging to Odis and Doris Newman was at ACCESSBANK in Portales, where someone attempted to use a debit card that belonged to Doris Newman. According to a search warrant filed Tuesday in magistrate court, the person attempted to withdraw $400, but […]

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 […]

Officials cautious with details on bodies

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Two bodies found in a burned car southeast of Portales on Thursday could be identified in two or three days. But law-enforcement officials are not releasing much more information in connection with the case. “It’s strictly in the interest of not interfering with future investigation,” said New Mexico State Police […]