Muleshoe man convicted of murder

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers MULESHOE — Family members of Vince Simnacher believe justice was served Friday when a Bailey County jury convicted a Muleshoe man of capital murder. Larry Kitchens, 53, was found guilty after 45 minutes of jury deliberation and sentenced to life in prison, according to 287th District Attorney Johnny Actkinson. Actkinson […]

Muleshoe man faces second murder trial

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Muleshoe man who has been acquitted of two murder charges went on trial Monday in connection with the third victim in a 2003 triple homicide. A jury was selected and two prosecution witnesses were heard Monday in the trial of Larry Brent Kitchens, 52, who is accused of […]

Simnacher, Nancy

Services: Have been held. Mrs. Nancy Simnacher. 59, of Portales, died Sunday, May 1, 2005, at Covenant Lakeside Hospital in Lubbock. She was born on June 14, 1945, in Clovis, to Dollie and Herman Roberson. She grew up in Farwell. She married Gene Newman in 1960. In the early 1970’s they settled in Portales. In […]

Muleshoe man found innocent by jury

CNJ staff reports MULESHOE — A Bailey County jury found a Muleshoe man innocent of a murder charge on Friday, District Judge Gordon Green said. Larry Brent Kitchens, 52, was found innocent of murdering Derwin Wyn Beauchamp, 43, in October of 2003 at the home of Vince Simnacher. Kitchens is also charged with killing his […]

Muleshoe man’s attorney argues passion, accidents

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Larry Kitchens, left, is escorted by Bailey County Sheriff Richard Willis as the two return from lunch recess Wednesday during Kitchens’ murder trial. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor MULESHOE — The defense attorney for a Muleshoe man charged with killing three people told a jury Wednesday his client accidentally shot […]