Death penalty shouldn’t be taken lightly

Freedom Newspapers The witnesses to the execution of Stanley “Tookie” Williams were appropriately somber. Ending the life of a human being is not something to be undertaken lightly. The way the state handles such deaths reflects a certain consciousness of how somber the responsibility is. In earlier times, the executioner was hooded, thus retaining some […]

Wildcats dominate 2nd half

CNJ staff ARTESIA — Fueled by what Clovis coach Shaun Gill thought was a bad call, Clovis scored three times in the second half and beat Artesia 3-0 Tuesday in a non-district game. Angel Fernandez scored twice for the Wildcats and Luis Miranda added the other goal. In a scoreless game, Clovis was called for […]

Death penalty rarely holds up against appeals

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office announced Tuesday prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Jerry Fuller and Stanley Bedford, who are accused of kidnapping and killing an elderly Portales couple earlier this year. The chances the two Portales men will actually be executed if convicted is low, officials […]

DA seeks death penalty in case of Portales couple

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office will seek the death penalty against two men accused of killing an elderly Portales couple earlier this year. Jerry Fuller and Stanley Bedford are accused of kidnapping and killing Odis, 70, and Doris Newman, 69, earlier this year in Portales. The bodies of […]

Facing death penalty no deterrent

Tibor Machan: CNJ columnist California’s governor wouldn’t give in. Neither would the U.S. Supreme Court, so Donald Beardslee, who killed two women in 1981 over a drug deal — while supposedly suffering from brain damage — was put to death by lethal injection last month. As reported in the media, Beardslee’s defense attorney claimed Beardslee […]

Greyhounds lose two in Portales

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico Hounds lost both their weekend soccer games at home, falling on Friday to Northeastern State 3-0 and Missouri Southern 2-1 Saturday. The Zias, however, defeated Northeastern 3-1 Friday. For the Hounds, Missouri Southern got the game-winner on an ENMU own-goal just over two minutes into the second […]

Lawmakers considering stiffer DWI legislation

David Arkin: CNJ correspondent There’s sweeping support statewide — and especially in eastern New Mexico — for legislation that would implement the harshest penalty yet for DWI offenders. This week, Gov. Bill Richardson threw his support behind a plan that wouldn’t allow DWI offenders to buy alcohol for five years. An offender’s driver’s license would […]

Sniper trial brings death penalty back in spotlight

Freedom Newspapers The guilty verdict in the trial of John Allen Muhammad brings back the debate over the death penalty. There can be no justice for the people murdered by John Allen Muhammad in the Washington, D.C., area in October 2002. A jury in Virginia Beach, Va., was right to enter a guilty verdict this […]

Zias fall to Northeastern in soccer

CNJ STAFF TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Northeastern State got two goals and an assist from Marie Widerman and defeated Eastern New Mexico University 4-1 on Friday in Lone Star Conference women’s soccer. Widerman assisted on a goal by Stacey Cutler just over three minutes into the game, then scored on a penalty kick to give NSU […]

Religion Digest

Sandia Baptist choir presents musical The adult choir of Sandia Baptist Church, 1100 W. Manana Blvd., will present the musical, “Bound for Glory,” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The musical is directed by Michael Hailey, and the drama directed by Sandy Williams. Solos will be performed by Sarah Stevens, Robin Evans, Joyce Pruitt, T.J. Watson and […]