Montoya jury still deliberating

Freedom New Mexico Both sides rested their cases this afternoon and the fate of 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya of Portales was handed over to the jury about 5 p.m. The jury was still deliberating as of 7:30 p.m.We will update with the verdict just as soon as it is rendered. Earlier today, attorney Fred Reese started […]

Judge declares mistrial in shooting trial

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks District Judge Stephen Quinn declared a mistrial Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Lonzell Wiggins after potential jurors saw Wiggins in handcuffs and shackles. Sharna Johnson A mistrial was declared Tuesday before a jury could be selected in the first-degree murder case of Lonzell Wiggins after potential jurors saw […]

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Senate committee hears testimony about eastern N.M. water

WASHINGTON – The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today heard testimony about legislation U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Pete Domenici introduced to help meet eastern New Mexico’s future water needs.

Defendant’s ex-girlfriend, father take stand

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The prosecution continued its case Wednesday morning with testimony from five witnesses, including Edward Salas’ former girlfriend and a man who helped hide a gun authorities believe was involved in the shooting of a 10-year-old boy in 2005. Edward Salas is being tried for the first-degree murder of Carlos […]

Jury hears second day of testimony in Salas murder trial

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Prosecutor Matt Chandler shows the jury pictures of defendant Edward Salas while Krystal Anson looks on Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse during the second day of Edward Salas’ homicide trial. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The prosecution used a parade of people Tuesday to place Edward Salas and […]

Teenage girls give testimony during second day of murder trial

CNJ Staff Two teenage girls gave testimony for the prosecution Tuesday morning that placed three brothers and two other men at the apartment complex where 10-year-old Carlos Perez was shot and killed more than two years ago. Melissa Sanchez was the first witness in Day 2 of the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas, 23, […]

Prosecution witness rebutts defense alternate death theory

Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A state forensic pathologist said Friday he stood by his opinion in the first-degree murder trial of a Cannon airman that Kimberly Novak died from blunt force trauma and strangulation. Returning to the stand at the request of the jury, Dr. Russell Alexander disagreed with a defense […]

Prosecution witness rebutts defense’s alternative death theory

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A state forensic pathologist said Friday he stood by his opinion in the first-degree murder trial of a Cannon airman that Kimberly Novak died from blunt force trauma and strangulation. Returning to the stand at the request of the jury, Dr. Russell Alexander disagreed […]

Doctor called back to testify in Novak case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A state forensic pathologist who testified for the prosecution in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II will retake the stand and offer further testimony. Dr. Russell Alexander is expected to testify Friday morning. In a hearing Thursday morning outside the […]

Novak verdict paused pending more testimony

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A state forensic pathologist who testified for the prosecution in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II will retake the stand and offer further testimony. Dr. Russell Alexander is expected to testify Friday morning. In a hearing this Thursday morning outside […]

Novak verdict paused pending more testimony

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jurors in the Novak case continue deliberations while awaiting additional expert testimony. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A state forensic pathologist who testified for the prosecution in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II will retake the stand and offer further […]

Prosecution rests case in Novak trial

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The prosecution ended its case in the first-degree murder case against 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 was to […]

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 […]

Novak trial: Forensic expert grilled

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer 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 […]

Parents of deceased airman give testimony in Saturday’s session

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Kimberly Novak’s parents testified Saturday about learning their daughter was dead and the interactions that followed with a son-in-law they barely knew. Edward Novak, a Cannon airman, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 20-year-old wife. Patricia Bollman said Edward Novak […]

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 […]

Mental capacity focus of testimony

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The defense team for Stanley Bedford finished its mitigation argument Monday, as jurors heard a long day of testimony from family members and a psychiatrist on Bedford’s past and still undecided future. The jury convicted Bedford, 43, nearly two weeks ago of murder, kidnapping and other charges in […]

Bedford maintains innocence on stand

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Defense attorney Gary Mitchell, left, talks with Stanley Bedford as the jury is excused Monday afternoon at District Court in Albuquerque. Closing arguments are today. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Stanley Bedford told jurors he’s no murderer Monday. Bedford, 43, testified in his capital murder trial that he […]