Two sentenced in child’s murder

Clovis, NM. – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Demetrio Salas, age 22, and David Griego, age 31, were sentenced this morning for the September 15, 2005 shooting death of 10 year old Carlos Perez. In October of 2007, a Portales jury found Demetrio Salas guilty of First Degree Felony Murder of […]

Convicted killers sentenced in child’s death

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks District Attorney Matt Chandler, left, argues in Monday’s sentencing hearing of Demetrio Salas and David Griego, for the 2005 shooting death of Carlos Perez. Seated at right are Salas, his attorney, Gary Mitchell, Griego and his attorney, Roger Bargas. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — An attorney for […]

Prosecutor outlines victim’s final day

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Prosecutor Matt Chandler holds photos of five defendants Wednesday during closing arguments at District Court in Portales. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jurors will begin deliberating this morning after nearly six hours of closing arguments Wednesday in the first-degree murder trial of two Clovis men. While defense attorneys argued […]

Salas: Brother shot boy

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry District Judge David Bonem questions Lisa Salas on Tuesday in a Roosevelt County courtroom after the prosecution objected to her being called as a witness in her son’s first-degree murder trial. Bonem allowed Salas to testify. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Demetrio Salas took the stand in his defense […]

Expert can’t link guns, bullets

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A state firearms expert testified Monday during the first-degree murder trial of two Clovis men she could not say for certain if guns displayed in the courtroom were used in the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy. Alison Quereau, a Department of Public Safety firearms expert with the state […]

Victim’s brother recalls shooting

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Defendants Demetrio Salas, left, and David Griego, center, listen to testimony along with Griego’s defense attorney Roger Bargas Wednesday at Roosevelt County Courthouse. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Ruben Perez described to a Roosevelt County jury how he held his little brother and tried to stop the […]

Woof: There it is

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Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Cannon Air Force Base Staff Sgt. Tanya Perez handles her bomb-sniffing dog, Ben, a 2-year-old German shepherd. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer They sniff for explosives or drugs and take down suspects often more than twice their size, all for the chance to have a few seconds with their favorite […]

Official: Inmate safety ‘balancing act’

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle The Curry County Adult Detention Center has an inmate population of around 230. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jails have an inherent threat of violence, which makes keeping inmates safe a challenge, according to Curry County Adult Detention Center administrator Leslie Johnson. Safety among inmates is in many ways […]

Police say fugitive sighted in Clovis

CNJ staff Police said Tuesday they have information a fugitive wanted in the shooting of a 10-year-old boy is in the Clovis area. Noe Torres, 27, is wanted in connection with the 2005 shooting of Carlos Perez, who was sleeping next to his brother when he was hit in the head with a bullet, one […]

Missing county inmate caught

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An escaped inmate from the Curry County Adult Detention Center was arrested Thursday without incident in Dimmitt, Texas, according to Dimmitt police. Guadalupe Rodriguez, 29, was arrested by local police about 8:30 a.m. (CST) at a Dimmitt hotel, according to police. “We knocked on the door and that’s when […]

Family, friends remember shooting victim

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleCheryl Cunningham, right, hugs Lupe Perez at a memorial to remember her son, Carlos, at Cameo Elementary School on Friday. Cunningham taught writing to Perez last school year. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Her head cradled by the shoulder of another woman, low moans rolled from Lupe Perez. This day […]

One year later, shooting case difficult for investigators

Freedom Newspapers At the edge of Sgt. Dan Aguilar’s desk are two cardboard expanding files stuffed with papers to the point of bursting. They are the case files for 10-year-old Carlos Perez, who died a year ago Friday while sleeping in his bed. He said he put the files away several times, but then something […]

Valley Christian leads Clovis Christian when game called

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Clovis Christian defenders Luke Ware, left, and Vince Bowers pressure Valley Christian quarterback Logan Rader in Friday’s game. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Before nature forced the cancellation of the game with lightning and possible tornadic activity, Valley Christian unleashed a storm of its own on Clovis Christian Friday night […]

Fifth arraigned in connection to shooting

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A fifth homicide defendant was arraigned Monday in connection with the shooting death in September of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. David “Smokey” Griego, 30, of Clovis was indicted Friday as an accessory to murder in the Sept. 15 homicide of Carlos Perez, who was killed when several rounds were […]

Fifth homicide defendant arraigned

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A fifth homicide defendant was arraigned Monday in connection with the shooting death in September of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. David “Smokey” Griego, 30, was indicted Friday as an accessory to murder in the Sept. 15 homicide of Carlos Perez, who was killed when several rounds were fired into […]

Plea OK’d in child slaying

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Orlando Salas, 16, stands to be sworn in Thursday while his father, Isidoro Salas, left, and Defense Attorney Anna Aragon listen. Salas pleaded guilty to murder charges. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 16-year-old murder defendant has told prosecutors his brother killed a 10-year-old boy, according to statements made in […]

Emotions fill courtroom at sentencing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A mother’s loud wails and sobs pierced a Clovis courtroom on Thursday as a prosecuting attorney recounted the September killing of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. The boy was shot in the head as he slept in his bed next to his older brother, Ruben. Seated beside Carlos’ mother Lupe Perez, […]

1A BOYS FINALS: Des Moines edges Logan

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A disheartened Logan junior Austin Whetten watches as Des Moines receives the Class 1A championship trophy. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — It took until the final seconds of the championship game, but the magic finally ran out for the Logan Longhorns. Down by two with 1.9 seconds […]

3/10 Public record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from March 1 through Wednesday: • Thomas Joseph Bonin,25, to Stephanie Christine Kennedy, 22, both of Clovis. • David Van Sikes, 26, to Leslie Lynn Reid, 29, both of Clovis. • Johnny Lee Martinez, 31, to Rebecca O’Balle Hernandez, 36, both of Clovis. • Benjamin Warren […]

Baltazar, Esmeralda “Mana”

Esmeralda “Mana” Baltazar, 52, of Fort Sumner, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born Sept. 14, 1953, to David Y. and Viviana Rodriguez Perez in Hereford, Texas. She married Miguel Baltazar in September of 1973 in Clovis. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Anthony Catholic […]