Clovis News Journal offering free trial of online newspaper

CNJ staff Starting Monday, the latest issue of the Clovis News Journal is a mouse-click away. Freedom New Mexico is debuting its e-Paper feature, and is giving readers a 30-day free trial to test the online version of Freedom New Mexico’s three publications — the Clovis News Journal, the Portales News-Tribune and the Quay County […]

Salas: Brother shot boy

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry District Judge David Bonem questions Lisa Salas on Tuesday in a Roosevelt County courtroom after the prosecution objected to her being called as a witness in her son’s first-degree murder trial. Bonem allowed Salas to testify. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Demetrio Salas took the stand in his defense […]

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 […]

Jury selected for first-degree murder trial

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — A jury was seated at the close of the day Tuesday in the first-degree murder case of two Clovis men accused in the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy in 2005. “It’s been a long two days, ladies and gentlemen, but we finally got there,” 9th Judicial […]

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 […]

First-degree murder trial begins Monday

CNJ staff The first-degree murder trial of two men accused of shooting a 10-year-old boy while he slept in his Clovis home will begin Monday in Portales. Demetrio Salas, 21, and David Griego, 31, are scheduled to have a 10-day trial. Jury selection will begin at 9 a.m. Monday. District Judge Pro Tem David Bonem […]

Clovis woman competent for trial

The Associated Press LUBBOCK, Texas — A woman accused of slipping into a maternity ward while wearing hospital scrubs and abducting a newborn girl is competent to stand trial, a judge ruled Thursday. Rayshaun Parson, 21, pleaded not guilty in April to kidnapping in the disappearance of Mychael Darthard-Dawodu. The baby was found a day […]

Bedford jury finds aggravating circumstance

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson District Attorney Matt Chandler shows a picture of Odis and Doris Newman during a response to the defense’s closing argument in Thursday’s death-penalty hearing for Stanley Bedford at District Court in Albuquerque. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque jury on Thursday found murder in the course […]

Jury will decide on death penalty

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The same jury that on Thursday convicted Stanley Bedford of kidnapping and killing an elderly Portales couple will decide in a second, separate trial whether he should be executed as punishment. After the verdict was read, Judge Stephen Quinn immediately sentenced Bedford, 43, of Portales to 120 years […]

Bedford jury still deliberating

CNJ staff Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque jury will enter its third day of deliberation today in the capital murder trial of Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales. Bedford, 43, faces eight charges, including two counts of murder and kidnapping in connection to the March 3, 2005 deaths of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. […]

Animal cruelty charges against ex-chief reduced

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A former Melrose police chief will face a single animal cruelty charge after a Magistrate Court judge ordered the prosecutor to dismiss six other charges, according to court records filed Thursday. Records show Magistrate Judge Buddy Hall — who previously ordered the charges be prosecuted individually — based his […]

Opening arguments in Bedford trial should start Thursday

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — The court has reached its stated goal in a jury pool for the trial of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. However, all sides involved feel they’d be best served with one more day of selection. There are 61 potential jurors on a panel […]

Potential Bedford jurors examined

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Jury selection continued Tuesday in the death-penalty trial of Stanley Bedford, who is accused in the killing of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. 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 […]

Death penalty can be sought in Bedford trial

By Freedom Newspapers District Court Judge Steven Quinn refused to bar the death penalty Friday in the case of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple in 2005. Defense attorney Gary Mitchell of Ruidoso argued the constitutionality of the New Mexico death penalty in a broad series of motions heard by the judge […]

Local Roundup: Charges against officer upheld

CNJ staff A district judge on Thursday denied a motion to drop a misdemeanor embezzlement charge against former Clovis police detective Keith Farkas, who argued the prosecution failed to conduct the trial in a timely manner. Instead, District Court Judge Robert B. Corn of Roswell set a June 5 date for a jury trial. Defense […]

Cops and Courts: Date set for first of two murder trials

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A date for the first-degree murder trial of two Clovis men accused in 2005 shooting a 10-year-old boy while he slept has been set for Sept. 17. The trial of Demetrio Salas, 21, and David Griego, 31, is scheduled to take 10 days, court records show. Scheduled for March, […]

Officials: Area crime cases end in suicide

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A convicted felon and a defendant involved in unrelated high-profile local criminal cases committed suicide within the last month, officials said. Scott Kirby, 23, of Portales, sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison in February for his role in the theft of $600,000 from an armored car service, died […]

Cops and Courts: Man sentenced to life in mental health facility

A man accused of beating his elderly mother to death has been sentenced to life in the custody of the Department of Correction’s mental health facility, court records show. In a decision letter filed in the 9th Judicial District Court, Judge Stephen Quinn found Dwight Wagner, 52, to be incompetent and dangerous. “He will be […]

Crime expert: Prints match Baca’s boots

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Shirley Garcia of the Department of Public Safety Crime Lab holds up a shoe print impression card for the jury Tuesday during testimony in the Richard Baca trial. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Footprints found on the shallow grave of a Portales teen match the boots the defendant in […]

Portales slaying trial to begin

By Freedom Newspapers After multiple delays, the jury trial of a Portales man accused of killing a 19-year-old Portales woman in 2004 is set to begin Monday in Roosevelt County District Court. Richard Baca, 20, of Portales is accused of first-degree murder in the death of Amber Robinson of Portales. He is also charged with […]