Clovis man pleads guilty in deadly shooting

Freedom New Mexico A 63-year-old man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of a Clovis woman. James Fitzpatrick faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. Sandra Bousquet, 36, died March 3, 2010, one month after she was shot in the neck at her Clovis residence in the […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Politics, dual credit and the death penalty

It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday morning briefing. Politics A couple of things… Republican candidate for governor Doug Turner is in town for a meet-and-greet 9 a.m. today at Dave’s Coffee, 1404 Mabry. Also, Congressman Ben Ray Luj

Death penalty comes with too high a price

Freedom New Mexico “It’s safe to assume we execute innocent people. Are you willing to have your brother, your father, your mother be the sacrificial lamb, to be the innocent person executed so that we can have a death penalty so that we can execute those who are deserving of the death penalty? “I don’t […]

Wednesday morning briefing: From hunting to the death penalty

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday morning briefing.

Death penalty outdated, kills innocent people

Freedom New Mexico It’s time for another review of the death penalty, and the growing evidence that we can’t do it well enough to justify continued use. Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has delayed two planned executions pending a new review of the process. The order comes after Strickland ordered a halt to another killing on […]

$10,000 penalty issued in trophy deer poaching case

HOBBS — A Hobbs magistrate ordered a man convicted of poaching a trophy mule deer to pay the state $10,000 in civil damages, the maximum penalty under a 3-year-old law that allows the state to seek reimbursement for the loss of a trophy game animal. Bradley Smith, 26, indicated through his attorney that he will […]

Death penalty allowed in Roosevelt murder case

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Defense attorney Gary Mitchell addresses the court during Monday’s death penalty hearing in Portales. Mitchell is representing William “Billy Joe” Watson, seated, who is charged in connection with the 2005 death of Jimmy Bo Chunn. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico A District Court ruling has allowed prosecutors to seek the death penalty in the […]

Death penalty case decision expected today

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Defense attorney Gary Mitchell addresses the court during Monday’s death penalty hearing in Portales. Mitchell is representing William “Billy Joe” Watson, seated, who is charged in connection with the 2005 death of Jimmy Bo Chunn. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — A district court judge plans to review […]

Death penalty complex issue

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist The question of the death penalty has divided our nation for a long time. It’s not likely that Gov. Bill Richardson’s signature on legislation banning the death penalty will end the struggle. New Mexico will become the second state to ban the death penalty since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstituted […]

Roosevelt County farmer could still face death penalty despite repeal

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Even though the death penalty was repealed in New Mexico, a Roosevelt County farmer accused of arranging a murder-for-hire still faces possible execution. Prosecutors filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty against William “Billy Joe” Watson last August. Watson is accused of conspiring with the Aryan […]

Death penalty repeal has favorable callers

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican People who have contacted the New Mexico Governor’s Office about the death penalty since Friday have supported repealing capital punishment by better than a 3-to-1 margin, according to a statement from the governor’s office on Tuesday. Gov. Bill Richardson has until midnight today to act on a […]

Death penalty repeal up to governor

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Friday’s decisive state Senate vote to repeal the death penalty in New Mexico was a direct result of November’s election of several new lawmakers. That’s the opinion expressed both by a leading supporter and by a leading opponent of House Bill 285, which would replace the death penalty with […]

Senate votes to repeal death penalty

The Associated Press SANTA FE – The New Mexico Legislature has voted to repeal the death penalty and replace it with a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The state Senate voted 24-18 on Friday for the repeal bill, sending it to Gov. Bill Richardson for his signature. Richardson has opposed […]

State moving closer to repealing death penalty

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican New Mexico for centuries has been reluctant to execute criminals, even though the state has had some form of capital punishment law on its books for virtually all of its history since the Spanish colonial era. Even during the blazing days of the Wild West, judges routinely requested Territorial […]

Death penalty nears end

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican

Death penalty repeal heads to Judiciary panel

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican The bill that would abolish capital punishment in New Mexico cleared another hurdle Tuesday when it got a do-pass recommendation on a 5-2 party-line vote in the Senate Public Affairs Committee. Senate Bill 285, sponsored by Rep. Gail Chasey, D-Albquerque, now goes to Senate Judiciary, which is considered the […]

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter voice support for New Mexico legislative action to outlaw death penalty

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, hailed

House votes to abolish the death penalty

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican

Bill to abolish death penalty gets go-ahead

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican With shaking hands and a quivering voice, a Las Vegas, N.M., woman whose son was executed by the state of Texas asked the New Mexico House of Representatives on Thursday to end capital punishment in this state. Though committee members’ minds probably were made up before Muina […]