Clovis prosecutor wants chief justice out of case

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File photo Special prosecutor Matt Chandler has asked the state’s chief justice to be disqualified from hearing anything related to the matter, saying that — among other things — Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Daniels publicly disparaged his case. Mike Gallagher A special prosecutor has asked that State Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Daniels be […]

Prosecutor: More test results needed in fatal crash

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Mary Castillo, 56, died from injuries received in a crash with a Clovis police officer. As long as justice is served, Tita Romero doesn’t care whether it takes one day or 30 to complete an investigation into the crash that took her sister’s life. Monday, District Attorney Matt Chandler said until lab results and cell […]

DNA important tool in righting wrongs

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist For a prosecutor, DNA analysis can be the best thing in the world. Nothing facilitates a conviction more than biological evidence irrefutably connecting the defendant to the crime through blood, saliva or semen. But DNA analysis can also be the worst thing in the world for prosecutors. It can prove […]

Local Roundup: New staff member joins DA’s office

By CNJ Staff A former Lea County prosecutor has been hired as a deputy district attorney in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office, making him the 12th full-time prosecutor working in Curry and Roosevelt counties, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Brian Stover, formerly of the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s office, […]

Q&A: Attorney enjoys chance to serve hometown

Clovis native Andrea Reeb has worked in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for 10 years. She is a chief deputy district attorney. Background: Reeb is the daughter of Dr. Nicholas and Ann Rowley of Clovis. She graduated from Clovis High School in 1989. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from […]

District Attorney Chandler honored as Prosecutor of the Year

CNJ staff Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler was named New Mexico Law Enforcement Prosecutor of the Year by the New Mexico Bar Association. The award is given annually to a New Mexico prosecutor “who has gone above and beyond his or her duties as a prosecutor by providing leadership, support and assistance to law […]

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Former prosecutor joins DA’s office A former Albuquerque prosecutor joined the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office this week. Roderick Juarez, 50, was a prosecutor in Albuquerque from 1998 to 2000 and worked in private practice until this year, he said. “I like being a DA better (than a private attorney) …I have a strong sense […]

Independent prosecutor will review commissioner’s case

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Felony charges pending against Curry County Commissioner Ed Perales will be reviewed by an independent prosecutor to avoid any potential conflict of interest, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the District Attorney’s office. Perales was arrested Sunday and charged with false imprisonment for holding his wife and […]

Cops and courts: Teen could be charged with careless driving

Prosecutors say a Questa teen who caused a motorcycle crash that left two Colorado men dead last year will not face vehicular homicide or involuntary manslaughter charges. But District Attorney Matthew Chandler, who was appointed as a special prosecutor in the case, said 16-year-old Gerald Bailon could be charged with careless driving. “Reviewing this case […]

Outgoing, incoming DAs plan to cooperate

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Both the incoming and outgoing district attorneys said they want to make the next seven months an effective transition period. Incumbent 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter said he hasn’t yet called his successful challenger, Matt Chandler, but will consult with him as the time comes near for […]