Salas accused in attack

By CNJ Staff An 18-year-old serving a juvenile sentence for murder is now accused of attacking a guard with a pencil. According to KOB.com, guards went to Orlando Salas’ cell at the Youth Diagnostic and Development Center in Albuquerque. Officials told the station said Salas bit a guard’s hand, and then stabbed him three times […]

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 […]

Jan. 13, 2008 Cops and Courts

A sentencing hearing for two men convicted in the slaying of a 10-year-old Clovis boy is scheduled for Monday in Portales. Demetrio Salas, 22, is facing more than 50 years imprisonment and David Griego, 31, faces up to 19 years imprisonment, Chief Deputy District Attorney Andrea Reeb said. The hearing will be held at 9 […]

Salas agreement withdrawal being evaulated by DA

CNJ staff The District Attorney’s office is still reviewing the legality of withdrawing a plea agreement made with a Clovis teen who refused to testify against his brother in the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. District Attorney Matt Chandler said his office is evaluating the case to determine if the juvenile sentence can […]

By the numbers — 2007 homicides and convictions

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis homicides • Emmett Salisbury, 36, died Jan. 8: Shot to death in a second-hand store he operated at 701 E. Grand Ave. Salisbury’s body was found by his partner the next day. He had been shot in the chest, police said. Police have said the investigation is still […]

Police believe fugitive has returned to area

CNJ staff Police believe a fugitive charged in the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy more than two years ago has returned to the Clovis area, according to a press release from Clovis police. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of Noe Torres, 28, who […]

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 […]

Witnesses discuss weapon

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Eric Gutierrez of Clovis testifies in the first-degree murder trial of Demetrio Salas and David Griego as judge David Bonem looks on. The two are accused of roles in the 2005 shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez of Clovis. By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A man originally charged with […]

New witness testifies at murder trial

Freedom New Mexico Staff A man who was originally charged with tampering with evidence in the trial involving the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy began testifying Friday in the district courtroom in Portales. Eric Gutierrez of Clovis testified that the two defendants in the first-degree murder trial in progress along with two other […]

Co-defendant breaks plea agreement

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Dr. Ross Reichard of the Office of the Medical Examiner points where a bullet entered the head of Carlos Perez while giving testimony Thursday in Portales. By Karl Terry and Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A co-defendant in a first-degree murder case backed out on his deal to testify Thursday […]

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 […]

Jury selection begins

Freedom New Mexico Staff PORTALES — Jury selection began Monday in the case of two Clovis men charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of a 10-year-old Clovis boy while he slept. “We are still in the process of jury selection,” 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said by phone late Monday. Chandler said 52 […]

First-degree murder trial begins Monday

CNJ staff The first-degree murder trial of two men accused of shooting a 10-year-old boy while he slept in his Clovis home will begin Monday in Portales. Demetrio Salas, 21, and David Griego, 31, are scheduled to have a 10-day trial. Jury selection will begin at 9 a.m. Monday. District Judge Pro Tem David Bonem […]

Killer sentenced to life

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Robert Macias and his attorney, James Klipstine Jr., confer Tuesday before Macias was sentenced. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer While the daughter he never met cooed quietly in her mother’s arms, the mother of Wilfred Salas Jr. asked a Clovis judge to give her son’s killer the maximum sentence […]

Cops and Courts: Portales judge makes full-time transition

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Last week marked the first full week District Judge Joe Parker served as a full-time judge in Portales, according to court officials. About 600 cases Parker was assigned to have been divided up among the four judges who remain in Curry County, court clerk Shelly Burger said. Previously, district judges […]

Cops and Courts: Date set for first of two murder trials

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A date for the first-degree murder trial of two Clovis men accused in 2005 shooting a 10-year-old boy while he slept has been set for Sept. 17. The trial of Demetrio Salas, 21, and David Griego, 31, is scheduled to take 10 days, court records show. Scheduled for March, […]

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 […]