Near end, Novak on par with libertarian ideas

Robert D. Novak died Tuesday of brain cancer at his home in suburban Washington. He had written a syndicated opinion column since 1963, for much of that time with Rowland Evans, who was in some ways his polar opposite, which made for a fruitful partnership. Unlike many opinion columnists, however, Novak began his career as […]

Prosecution witness rebutts defense alternate death theory

Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A state forensic pathologist said Friday he stood by his opinion in the first-degree murder trial of a Cannon airman that Kimberly Novak died from blunt force trauma and strangulation. Returning to the stand at the request of the jury, Dr. Russell Alexander disagreed with a defense […]

Novak not guilty

CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Airman Basic Edward Novak, left, shakes hands with Maj. Shawn Vandenberg on Friday after Novak was acquitted of premeditated murder. By Sharna Johnson CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — After 3 1/2 years of suspicion, investigation, allegations and military court proceedings surrounding the 2004 death of his wife, Airman Basic Edward […]

Novak found not guilty

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Airman Basic Edward Novak, left, shakes hands with defense attorney Maj. Shawn Vandenberg after Novak was found not guilty Friday of premeditated murder. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — After 3 1/2 years of suspicion, investigation, allegations and military court proceedings surrounding the 2004 death […]

Prosecution witness rebutts defense’s alternative death theory

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A state forensic pathologist said Friday he stood by his opinion in the first-degree murder trial of a Cannon airman that Kimberly Novak died from blunt force trauma and strangulation. Returning to the stand at the request of the jury, Dr. Russell Alexander disagreed […]

Doctor called back to testify in Novak case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A state forensic pathologist who testified for the prosecution in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II will retake the stand and offer further testimony. Dr. Russell Alexander is expected to testify Friday morning. In a hearing Thursday morning outside the […]

Novak verdict paused pending more testimony

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A state forensic pathologist who testified for the prosecution in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II will retake the stand and offer further testimony. Dr. Russell Alexander is expected to testify Friday morning. In a hearing this Thursday morning outside […]

Novak verdict paused pending more testimony

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jurors in the Novak case continue deliberations while awaiting additional expert testimony. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A state forensic pathologist who testified for the prosecution in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II will retake the stand and offer further […]

Jury to enter third day of deliberations

Freedom New Mexico staff CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Four men and one woman deciding the fate of Airman Basic Edward Novak II will return this morning for a third day of deliberations in the first-degree murder case. They began considering the case Tuesday morning and have deliberated more than 19 hours, secluded in the […]

Novak jury still deliberating

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Jurors recessed after deliberating for approximately nine hours Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II. They will resume deliberations at 8 a.m.Wednesday. If a guilty verdict is rendered, the court will move immediately into sentencing. Novak could face life […]

Novak jury recesses for day

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Jurors recessed after deliberating for approximately nine hours Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II. They will resume deliberations at 8 a.m.Wednesday. If a guilty verdict is rendered, the court will move immediately into sentencing. Novak could face life […]

Novak case in jury's hands

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Jurors will begin deliberating the fate of Airman Basic Edward Novak II today after hearing more than six hours of closing arguments Monday. Novak faces life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder in connection with the death of his wife. Much of their […]

Novak case handed to jury

CNJ file photo: Sharna Johnson Jurors heard the defense rest its case Saturday in the court-martial of Cannon airman Edward Novak. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Jurors will begin deliberating the fate of Airman Basic Edward Novak II today after hearing more than six hours of closing arguments Monday. […]

Prosecution rests case in Novak trial

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The prosecution ended its case in the first-degree murder case against Edward Novak II on Friday morning with the testimony of a forensic psychologist, who testified in general terms about memory and how it is affected by trauma. The defense’s first move was to […]

Prosecution rests in Novak trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The prosecution ended its case in the first-degree murder case against Airman Basic Edward Novak II on Friday morning with the testimony of a forensic psychologist, who testified in general terms about memory and how it is affected by trauma. The defense’s first move […]

Novak trial: Day 10: Jurors view interrogation video

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — In video and audio interrogations played during Thursday’s session of the court-martial of Edward Novak II, jurors heard the Cannon airman say he repressed memories of the night his wife died, but couldn’t imagine any circumstance in which he’d harm her. In the first […]

Novak trial: Day 9 — Defense tactics irk judge

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations was the brunt of defense ire and sarcasm on Wednesday, accused of a botched and careless investigation in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II. Under cross-examination, OSI Agent Thad […]

Jurors view interrogation video

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — In video and audio interrogations played during Thursday’s session of the court-martial of Edward Novak II, jurors heard the Cannon airman say he repressed memories of the night his wife died, but couldn’t imagine any circumstance in which he’d harm her. In the first […]

Defense tactics irk judge

Sharna Johnson CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations was the brunt of defense ire and sarcasm on Wednesday, accused of a botched and careless investigation in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II. Under cross-examination, OSI Agent Thad Payne took a verbal […]

Novak trial: Forensic expert grilled

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Defense attorneys for a Cannon airman accused of first-degree murder used the expert testimony of prosecution witnesses Tuesday to show forensic evidence collected indicates nothing more than Edward and Kimberly Novak lived in the same house. DNA found under Kimberly Novak’s fingernails was her […]