Portales man, 76, faces battery charge

A 76-year-old Portales man was arrested Wednesday afternoon for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third degree felony, and extreme cruelty to animals, a fourth degree felony.

Officers took Josephus Daniel into custody Wednesday after investigating an incident at his residence on June 11.

According to police:

On June 11, officers were dispatched to Roosevelt General Hospital where 48-year-old James McCulley was being treated for a stab wound.

McCulley told officers he did not want to give any information or press charges. McCulley had been transported to the hospital earlier that evening by his girlfriend, 51-year-old Teresa Nez.

Upon arriving at Nez’s residence, officers learned that earlier in the evening, Nez had driven to Clovis with Daniel, with whom she is the caretaker, to pick up her boyfriend, McCulley.

Nez said she and her boyfriend had a fight on their way back into town and he called her a derogatory name.

She said they returned to Daniel’s residence to drop him off and McCulley helped the man inside. She said when he returned to the vehicle, he was bleeding and told her he had been stabbed.

Nez dropped him off at the hospital then went home.

Upon arriving at Daniel’s residence, officers found drops of blood in the doorway and the living room and a deceased dog beneath the couch.

Daniel did not recall any incidents from earlier in the evening.

On June 14, officers met with McCulley, who confirmed that Daniel stabbed him in the stomach after he had retrieved beer from the kitchen and was walking through the living room to leave.

Daniel is being held in lieu of $15,000 cash or surety bond.

— Compiled by PNT staff writer Alisa Boswell