Letter to the editor: Ruling will clog judicial system

Ruling will clog judicial system On June 25, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled it is no longer enough for the prosecution to introduce a report from a crime lab in a criminal trial — the defendant now has the right to cross-examine the actual analyst who examined the evidence

Fight promoter found innocent in Tucumcari shooting

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks James Burleson, a Socorro fight promoter accused of killing a Tucumcari man in 2007, awaits the verdict Thursday from a Curry County jury. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A Curry County jury found Socorro fight promoter James Burleson innocent Thursday of voluntary manslaughter in the 2007 shooting death of […]

Supreme Court sends suit against city of Portales to trial

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Supreme Court has sent a breach of contract lawsuit against the city of Portales back to District Court for a jury trial. The lawsuit alleges that without approval, Portales City Manager Debi Lee canceled retiree health benefits stipulated by a personnel ordinance. City representatives said the […]

Sex offender suspect returned to jail

CNJ staff A Clovis man awaiting a second trial for more than 100 counts of child molestation is back in jail. Larry Hatcher, 48, was returned to jail Tuesday night and is being held without bond for violating the conditions of his release, jail officials confirmed late Wednesday. Details of the alleged violation were not […]

Judge moves molestation trial to Portales

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Attorneys in the case of a Clovis man accused of 116 counts of child molestation agreed Wednesday to postpone and move the trial to Portales. The deal was struck at a morning hearing in 9th Judicial District Court after Judge Stephen Quinn told attorneys he was not inclined to […]

Prosecutors want trial moved

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Prosecutors want the trial of a Clovis man charged with more than 100 counts of child molestation moved to Portales because of publicity, according to court records. A motion filed in the 9th Judicial District Court on Thursday cites prejudicial news coverage and statements made by the defendant’s brother […]

Child molestation case headed back to trial

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Judge Stephen Quinn explains a matter to prosecutor Andrea Reeb, Thursday at the Curry County Courthouse at the status hearing of Larry Hatcher. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man accused of 116 counts of child molestation is scheduled for a second jury trial the first week of […]

Homicide suspect ruled competent enough to stand trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A judge ruled Tuesday 20-year-old Albert Ramirez, accused of shooting his mother’s boyfriend in 2007, is competent to stand trial. District Judge Teddy Hartley issued the ruling after hearing testimony Monday from a clinical psychologist with the New Mexico Department of Corrections who evaluated Ramirez. No trial date has […]

Fight promoter’s case relocated to Albuquerque

Freedom New Mexico The state’s case against Los Lunas fight promoter James Burleson — accused of killing Tucumcari’s Jason Pacheco on Feb. 1, 2007 — has been turned over to the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s office in Albuquerque. The case was reassigned after Judge David Reeb of Clovis found a “possibility of the appearance of […]

County treasurer’s trial set for September

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout and her attorney Gary Mitchell listen as District Attorney Matt Chandler addresses the court Friday during a pre-trial hearing at the Curry County Courthouse. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer