Decision on jury trial for airman delayed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A decision on whether a Cannon Air Force Base airman will face a jury trial in connection with his wife’s death has been delayed while more evidence is collected. Investigating officer Lt. Col. Daniel Kiefer agreed Friday to hold Airman Basic Edward Novak II’s Article 32 hearing open for an […]

Novak defense probes agents

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Defense counsel for a Cannon Air Force Base airman charged with murder spent Thursday grilling agents from the Office of Special Investigations about their investigation into the death of Kimberly Novak. Special Agent Mark Brashears testified during the second day of Airman Basic Edward Novak II’s Article 32 hearing […]

Defense: Airman’s spouse mistaken target

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Cannon Air Force Base homicide victim may have been the mistaken target of retaliation against a witness in an unrelated homicide trial, defense attorneys allege. An Article 32 hearing that began Wednesday at the base is the second in the case against Airman Basic Edward Novak II. He […]

Local Roundup: Hearing to evaluate new Novak evidence

CNJ staff The Air Force reopened an Article 32 hearing in the case of a Cannon Air Force Base airman accused of killing his wife in 2004, according to Cannon officials. The hearing, which begins today, will evaluate new testimony and evidence in the case, officials said. Airman Edward Novak II was charged with premeditated […]

Local Roundup: Airman pleads guilty to child abuse

CNJ staff A Cannon airman facing a murder charge pleaded guilty last week to a separate charge of child neglect in a military court, according to Cannon Air Force Base officials. Airman Edward Novak II will serve 15 months of a two-year, five-month sentence of imprisonment and received a bad conduct discharge from the military, […]

Motion hearing concludes in Novak case

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs An Article 39A motion hearing concluded Sept. 8 in the Cannon courtroom in the case of the United States vs. Airman Basic Edward M. Novak. The defense counsel for the accused previously filed three separate motions: request for a new Article 32 investigation, a request to sever the charges against […]

Defense motions denied

CNJ Staff Motions by the defense team for a Cannon airman charged with murder in connection with the death of his wife were denied during a hearing held this week at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release. Defense counsel on Thursday requested a Cannon judge hold a new Article 32 investigation, or […]

Cannon airman to stand trial

CNJ Staff An airman charged with murdering his wife will stand trial, according to a press release from Cannon Air Force Base. Airman Edward Novak II is charged with premeditated murder and child abuse by the military. The decision came after a June evidentiary hearing was held at Cannon to determine if evidence against Novak […]

Article 32 hearing held for Cannon Airman

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals An Article 32 pretrial hearing was held in the 27th Fighter Wing courtroom from June 12 to 14 regarding charges preferred against Airman Basic Edward Novak for the October 2004 death of his wife, Kimberly Novak, in their home on Cannon Air Force Base. Airman Novak, 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was […]

Father anxiously awaits word of trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The father of a homicide victim is left anxiously hoping enough evidence was presented at last week’s military hearing at Cannon Air Force to warrant a trial. Donald Bollman traveled from Conway, Ark., to attend the three-day hearing, wanting to see justice for his daughter, Kimberly Novak, who was […]

Attorneys agree airman case circumstantial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The prosecution and defense agreed on one thing at the conclusion of an evidentiary hearing to determine if a Cannon Air Force Base airman should stand trial for murder in connection with his wife’s death: the case hinges on circumstantial evidence. Defense attorney Maj. Shawn Vandenberg told the hearing […]

Testimony details crime scene

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Airman Edward Novak II told emergency responders he found his wife dead in an upstairs bathroom with her head inside the toilet, according to testimony Tuesday from an agent with Cannon Air Force Base’ Office of Special Investigations. Special Agent Kelly Siler also said Novak told emergency responders the […]

Proceedings begin in Cannon case

CNJ staff Proceedings began Monday in a Cannon Air Force Base courtroom to determine if a base airman will stand trial for the homicide of his wife. The hearing comes more than 20 months after Kimberly Novak, 20, was found dead at the base home she shared with her husband and young daughter. She died […]

Cannon Airman charged

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Criminal charges were preferred against Airman First Class Edward M. Novak for the October 2004 death of his wife, Kimberly S. Novak, in their home on Cannon Air Force Base. Airman Novak, 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was charged with murder and child abuse. The next stage of the military justice […]

Victim’s family: Cannon kept us in dark

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Died of blunt force trauma in 2004. (Courtesy photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Three seasons passed — leaves fell, winter chilled the air and flowers bloomed — before Kimberly Novak’s family knew the cause of her death. Novak, 20, the oldest daughter of Patricia and Donald Bollman, was killed in her Cannon Air […]

Airman charged in wife’s slaying

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer More than 16 months after her death, Air Force officials have charged Kimberly Susan Novak’s husband with murder. Novak, 20, died in her Cannon Air Force Base residence in late October 2004, according to Cannon’s public affair’s office. Her husband, Airman Edward Novak II of the 27th Aircraft Maintenance […]

The faces may be new, but the job remains the same

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The new contracted guards practice using the baton during training. The guards will be doing entry-control duties begininning Dec. 2. Airman Thomas Trower Don’t be surprised to see a few new faces next week as you enter the gate to the base. The 27th Security Forces Squadron has contracted out 21 jobs to guard the […]

Officials say lengthy investigation not necessarily sign of foul play

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer More than four months after she was found dead at Cannon Air Force Base, Kimberly Susan Novak’s death remains a mystery. State and Air Force officials said the length of time the investigation is taking doesn’t necessarily indicate foul play is involved. Cannon Air Force Base Public Affairs officials […]

Death of Cannon dependent remains mystery

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer For nearly three months she has quietly followed her daily routine, trying to maintain her composure and show the world everything is alright. But in the back of Lynda Crozier-Sweet’s mind, the haunting memory of her niece’s mysterious death in October lingers. Her niece, Kimberly Susan Novak, died Oct. […]

Uncle: kin’s death still mystery

CNJ staff Air Force officials have still not released information about the Oct. 29 death of 20-year-old Kimberly Susan Novak. Joseph Bollman of Detroit said Air Force officials are even being “pretty tight-lipped” with family members who’ve asked about the death of his niece. Bollman said he doesn’t know how or why his niece died, […]