Trial set to start Monday

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jury selection in the first-degree murder trial for a third brother charged in the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy is set to begin Monday in Clovis.

Hounds sign three for soccer

CNJ staff PORTALES — Three players have signed national letters of intent to play men’s soccer at Eastern New Mexico University next fall under coach Carlos Elizondo. The signees are defenders Robert Brown of Albuquerque (Valley H.S.) and Aram Simsar of Phoenix, and forward Keith Barnhart of Carlsbad. Simsar, a transfer from Phoenix College, will […]

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 […]

Jury selection to resume Tuesday in death penalty case

CNJ Staff Jury selection won’t be completed until at least Tuesday in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen property. The […]

Bedford jury selection continues

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Jury selection is roughly half finished in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping and other lesser charges. As of Wednesday, 100 potential jurors […]

ENMU’s Boit earns All-LSC track recognition

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University junior Felix Boit, the Lone Star Conference men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase champion, was selected to the All-LSC track team for his accomplishment. Boit ran the event in a career-best 9 minutes, 50.20 seconds last weekend at Commerce, Texas, beating the runnerup by nine seconds. Abilene Christian and […]

Wildcats not amused by seeding ‘joke’

By Greg Price: CNJ Sports Writer Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley was not a big fan of the state’s two-year-old playoff system even before learning Saturday the Wildcats were seeded fourth in the Class 5A state playoff pairings. “The committee as a whole is joke,” said Kelley, who felt the Wildcats should have been seeded […]

Discrimination unavoidable fact of life

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist There’s so much confusion and emotionalism about discrimination that I thought I’d take a stab at a dispassionate analysis. Discrimination is simply the act of choice. When we choose Bordeaux wine, we discriminate against Burgundy wine. When I married Mrs. Williams, I discriminated against other women. Even though I occasionally […]

Jury selection begins in murder trial

CNJ staff Jury selection begins today for a Clovis man facing first-degree murder and tampering with evidence charges. The charges stem from a July 26 incident, when according to police reports, Joel A. Cordova, 25, stabbed Victor Estrada in the chest during an altercation at 201 Pinon St. Estrada, 19, was taken to Plains Regional […]

School board to fill District 2 vacancy

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By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board decided Tuesday to fill the vacant District 2 board member seat by May 27. The seat opened when former board member George Banister resigned April 30 after serving nine years. Board President Lora Harlan said state law requires the board fill the position within 45 […]