Novak case handed to jury

CNJ file photo: Sharna Johnson Jurors heard the defense rest its case Saturday in the court-martial of Cannon airman Edward Novak. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Jurors will begin deliberating the fate of Airman Basic Edward Novak II today after hearing more than six hours of closing arguments Monday. […]

Prosecution rests in Novak trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The prosecution ended its case in the first-degree murder case against Airman Basic Edward Novak II on Friday morning with the testimony of a forensic psychologist, who testified in general terms about memory and how it is affected by trauma. The defense’s first move […]

Novak trial: Forensic expert grilled

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Defense attorneys for a Cannon airman accused of first-degree murder used the expert testimony of prosecution witnesses Tuesday to show forensic evidence collected indicates nothing more than Edward and Kimberly Novak lived in the same house. DNA found under Kimberly Novak’s fingernails was her […]

Former state medical investigator testifies

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Kimberly Novak had multiple injuries to her head and neck when she died, according to a forensic pathologist who performed her autopsy. The 20-year-old wife of a Cannon Air Force Base airman charged with her slaying had four subdural hematomas, areas of bleeding under […]

Former state medical investigator testifies

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Kimberly Novak had multiple injuries to her head and neck when she died, according to a forensic pathologist who performed her autopsy. The 20-year-old wife of a Cannon Air Force Base airman charged with her slaying had four subdural hematomas, areas of bleeding under […]

Defense trying to discredit case against airman

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Defense attorneys for Airman Basic Edward Novak II began working Friday to undermine the integrity of an Air Force investigation. The defense highlighted what they thought were weaknesses in the case during the cross-examination of two prosecution witnesses during the second day of testimony […]

Defense trying to discredit case against airman

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Defense attorneys for Airman Basic Edward Novak II began working Friday to undermine the integrity of an Air Force investigation. The defense highlighted what they thought were weaknesses in the case during the cross-examination of two prosecution witnesses during the second day of testimony […]

Previous conviction out in airman’s murder trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Monday amounted to a day of housekeeping as attorneys argued motions before the judge in the first day of the first-degree murder trial of a Cannon Air Force Base airman accused of slaying his wife more than three years ago. Edward Novak II faces […]

Plant reps testify on location

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Witnesses for ConAgra Foods testified the plant did follow state and federal regulations to notify and have gone above and beyond what was needed to prove its environmental impact. A two-day hearing regarding an air-quality permit for the food company’s ethanol plant concluded Friday. The New Mexico Environmental Improvement […]

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 […]

Residents testify about ethanol plant location

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Randall Thomas of Clovis voices his concern Thursday about an ethanol plant being built near his neighborhood during a hearing held Thursday by the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The hearing regarding an air-quality permit issued to ConAgra Foods to build a 108-million-gallon-a-year ethanol […]

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 […]

Bedford trial — week in review

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Staff photo: Kevin Wilson New Mexico State Police investigator Kevin Massis shows jurors possible scenarios of the attack on Odis Newman at District Court in Albuquerque. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — One witness has told jurors Stanley Bedford helped him plan and complete the burglary and murders of Odis and Doris Newman, […]

Novak defense probes agents

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Defense counsel for a Cannon Air Force Base airman charged with murder spent Thursday grilling agents from the Office of Special Investigations about their investigation into the death of Kimberly Novak. Special Agent Mark Brashears testified during the second day of Airman Basic Edward Novak II’s Article 32 hearing […]

Defense: Airman’s spouse mistaken target

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Cannon Air Force Base homicide victim may have been the mistaken target of retaliation against a witness in an unrelated homicide trial, defense attorneys allege. An Article 32 hearing that began Wednesday at the base is the second in the case against Airman Basic Edward Novak II. He […]

Victim’s friend details encounter with suspect

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Witness Shelaine Rodich rcounts events of the night before her friend, 19-year-old Amber Robinson, went missing. Robinson’s body was found buried in a back yard in May 2004. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. PORTALES — The trial of Richard […]

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 […]

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” […]