Defendant takes stand in slaying trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Homicide defendant Robert Macias took the stand in court Monday, denying any involvement in the shooting death of a 19-year-old city man a little more than a year ago. After brief questioning by defense attorney James Klipstine Jr., District Attorney Matt Chandler grilled the defendant regarding his account of […]

Wife defends Macias at trial

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Defendant Robert Macias, left, reads the transcript of a phone call on Friday with defense attorney James Klipstine Jr., as the conversation is played in court at the Curry County Courthouse. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The wife of homicide defendant Robert Macias told jurors Friday her husband was […]

Witnesses admit to deception

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Defendant Robert Macias (CNJ file photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Defense attorney James Klipstine Jr. spent much of Thursday attempting to chip away at the credibility of a parade of prosecution witnesses in the first-degree murder trial of a 31-year-old Clovis man. Testimony began with the cross-examination of the prosecution’s key witness, Daniel […]

Witness: Macias did it

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Prosecution witness Daniel Garcia testifies Wednesday at the Curry County Courthouse during the first day of a homicide trial. Garcia testified he was with homicide defendant Robert Macias at time of shooting. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The prosecution’s opening witness testified Wednesday he and homicide defendant Robert “Pelon” […]

Publicity pushes trial to new venue

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The trial of three men charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy will be moved out of Curry County because of pre-trial publicity, according to court documents made available Wednesday. Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker ruled in favor of a defense motion for […]

Trial postponed

By CNJ Staff Due to inclement weather, the first-degree murder trial of a 31-year-old Clovis man scheduled Monday was postponed until today. Robert “Pelon” Macias is accused of shooting Wilfred Salas Jr., 19, in the head early in the morning of Jan. 15, 2006, as Salas drove on Merriwether Street. Salas was found with a […]

Slaying trial slated to begin Monday

CNJ Staff The first-degree murder trial of a 31-year-old Clovis man charged in the shooting death of a Clovis teen is set to begin Monday, in the 9th Judicial District court. Robert “Pelon” Macias is accused of shooting Wilfred Salas Jr., 19, in the head Jan. 15, 2006, as the victim was driving on Merriwether […]

County mum on jail report

CNJ staff Investigation reports into an escape and a stabbing last month at the Curry County Detention Center are complete, but officials have so far declined to release them. Curry County Assistant Manager Lance Pyle said a report was completed Wednesday evening and Warden Leslie Johnson has met with Curry County Manager Dick Smith. “Appropriate […]

Number of area homicides falls again

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer For the second straight year, the number of area homicides dropped in 2006. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler, chief law enforcement officer for Curry and Roosevelt counties, said three homicides occurred in the district in 2006 — down from six in 2005 and 12 in 2004. All three […]

Records: Detention center inmate stabbed

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man awaiting trial for homicide was arrested Wednesday in connection with the stabbing of a fellow inmate at the county jail, according to court documents. Demetrio Salas, 21, is accused of stabbing London Word multiple times during an altercation Tuesday afternoon at the Curry County Adult Detention […]

Inmate in critical condition after stabbing

CNJ staff A Clovis man awaiting trial for homicide was arrested Wednesday in connection with the stabbing of a fellow inmate at the county jail, according to court documents. Demetrio Salas, 21, stabbed London Word multiple times during an altercation Tuesday afternoon at the Curry County Adult Detention Center, an arrest affidavit said. Word, 20, […]

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 […]

July 2, 2006 Cops and Courts

A Clovis man will serve 10 years in prison for fraud, forgery and assault on police officers, according to a news release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Cesar Rodriguez, 26, was arrested in May 2005 after cashing canceled checks he had forged from a local dairy, the release said. When officers arrived at […]

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, […]

Duran-Salas, Kadie

Kadie Janelle Duran-Salas, infant, of Clovis died Thursday, April 13, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center where she had been born that day. She is survived by her parents, Destiny Salas and Jerry Duran, of Clovis; a brother, Lino Duran of Clovis; two grandmothers, Josette Salas of Amarillo and Jeannie Duran of Clovis; great-grandmother, Josefina […]

Shooting suspect remains at large

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 27-year-old city man remains a fugitive more than six months after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with the shooting death of a Clovis fifth-grader. Noe Torres, 27, was indicted for first-degree murder in October along with three Clovis brothers in connection with the death […]

Grover, Byron “Bud”

Byron R. “Bud” Grover, 71, of Midland, died on Friday, March 10, 2006. The family will receive friends Monday, March 13, 2006, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home in Midland. Arrangements are by Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com U.S. Army Pfc. […]