Witness: 20-year-old admitted to slaying

Freedom New Mexico A witness told police 20-year-old Randall Jones admitted to beating a 33-year-old Tucumcari woman with a claw hammer, according to court documents released Tuesday. The documents — sworn affidavits filed by New Mexico State Police investigators — say Shirley Pacheco was found dead July 9, lying in a pool of blood next […]

Police say homicide witness changes story

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Gary Gill By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Investigators say a woman who reported finding the body of Clovis’ latest homicide victim staged the discovery hours later and was actually in the apartment when he was shot. Sometime around midnight Monday or early Tuesday, Jeraldine McCoy told police she heard a gunshot in a back […]

Police: Hittson beaten to death with rock

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A witness described seeing his coworker beat a 51-year-old Tucumcari truck driver to death with a rock in the early morning hours Thursday after the two had an argument. Brandon Barela, 24, is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a $500,000 bond on an open […]

Oct. 14, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 4 p.m. Oct. 4 an officer responded to a residence in the 1000 block of Sunrise Street for an injured subject. Officers learned a male subject had already been transported to the hospital by emergency medical responders. A witness said the […]

First witness takes stand at Salas murder trial

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Edward Salas, 23, listens Monday afternoon at the Curry County Courthouse as Lynn Trujillo testifies on what occurred the night of the shooting. Salas is on trial for the shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Ruben Perez, the person police have said was the […]

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

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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 […]

Home safety local concern

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson David Cresap, owner of Crosshair Gun Shop in Clovis, said he recommends anyone who purchases a gun attend a safety course. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer There were four incidents reported to Clovis police in August involving residents who confronted suspects on their property. Three ended peacefully. In the […]

Fighter shot, killed in Tucumcari

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A Tucumcari martial-arts fighter was shot to death Thursday night. Police said Albert Jason Pacheco Jr., 31, was killed following a fight on the city’s Main Street, near a gym where fighters were weighing in for a martial-arts event slated for Friday night. The event, called the Desert Xtreme Blood […]