Casey Anthony not guilty

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony was found not guilty Tuesday of killing her 2-year-old daughter in a case that captivated the nation as it played out on national television from the moment the toddler was reported missing three years ago. Anthony, 25, wept as the judge read the verdict, which jurors reached after less […]

Casillas found guilty

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Casillas Jared Tucker A Roosevelt County jury on Monday convicted Anthony Casillas of two counts of first-degree murder in the Sept. 25, 2008, shooting deaths of two people on Clovis’ west side. Casillas, 23, shot and killed 52-year-old Gary Payne of Melrose and 36-year-old Melissa Ward of Lubbock while riding in a van on Martin […]

Former Melrose chief cleared in traffic case

CNJ staff Former Melrose Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling was found not guilty Friday for a citation she received in March when she crashed her patrol unit. Dreiling was charged with improper turning after police said she cut across traffic to follow a motorist she had stopped. She was struck by a car when she entered […]

Verdict on Bush: He made us safer

I have been waiting several days now for someone to write a response to the letter from Kirby Rowan that appeared in your paper on Jan 18. Since no one has, I will. What prompted me to get off dead center was the shabby treatment by the liberals present as President Bush boarded his helicopter […]

Novak jury recesses for day

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Jurors recessed after deliberating for approximately nine hours Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II. They will resume deliberations at 8 a.m.Wednesday. If a guilty verdict is rendered, the court will move immediately into sentencing. Novak could face life […]

ENMU tennis team snaps losing streak

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s tennis team defeated McMurry 8-1 on Friday, snapping an eight-match losing streak in what was the Zias’ final outing of the spring. Earlier Friday, the Zias (4-13, 0-9 Lone Star Conference) dropped a 9-0 league verdict to Abilene Christian, ranked sixth in NCAA Division […]

Jury finds Baca guilty

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Dr. Ross Zumwalt, a forensic investigator, explains details of an autopsy done on Amber Robinson’s body. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A Roosevelt County jury returned a verdict of guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday in the 2004 death of a 19-year-old Portales woman. Richard Baca, 20, was accused of beating Amber […]

Jury delivers guilty verdict in slaying case

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A tearful procession exited the Curry County Courthouse on Friday afternoon just minutes after a jury delivered a guilty verdict against Joel Cordova for second-degree murder. After more than four hours of deliberations, the jury returned the verdict amid a crowded, yet subdued, courtroom. Beginning Tuesday, the state argued […]

Clovis man convicted of two counts of first-degree murder

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Dominic Murphy, seated next to his attorney Abigail Aragon, reacts to the reading of his guilty verdict on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of tampering with evidence in the murder trial. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man found guilty of first-degree murder Saturday exited […]

Jury: Innocent of murder

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Fernando Garcia hugs attorney Jim Klipstine Jr. of Hobbs at the Curry County Courthouse after being found not guilty of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence Thursday. Garcia was found guilty of dogfighting. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina, CNJ STAFF WRITER Dogfight guilt seen by panel Jurors spent two hours trying […]

Jury: Melrose man guilty of vehicular homicide

By Darrell Todd Maurina Harry Downey, 70, showed no emotion Friday in Curry County District Court as jurors found him guilty of homicide by vehicle after four hours of deliberation, a verdict that could put him behind bars in state prison for the next six years. Downey, a farmer from Melrose, also faces an upcoming […]

Clovis man cleared of rape charge

By Darrell Todd Maurina Editor’s note: This story contains some graphic descriptions that some readers may find objectionable. PORTALES — A Roosevelt County jury late Friday found John Jacobs innocent of raping a fellow Eastern New Mexico University student. The courtroom audience then erupted — some in tears and others in relief. Judge Stephen Quinn […]