Clovis’ Wiggins found not guilty in murder trial

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By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Minutes after a jury found his client Lonzell Wiggins of Clovis not guilty of murder, defense attorney Jesse Cosby was asked if there might be another suspect. “Close your eyes and pick someone at random,” said Cosby, flanked by a dozen Curry County Sheriff’s deputies standing by for security [...]

Portales attorney facing felony charges

Robin Fornoff Portales attorney Eric Dixon is accused of attempting to run down District Judge Ted L. Hartley with a vehicle in April outside the Curry County Courthouse. Dixon was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony, according to 3rd Judicial District Attorney Amy Orlando of Las Cruces. Orlando said [...]

Pair of prosecutors awarded

Freedom New Mexico A pair of prosecutors in the 9th Judicial District won two of the six annual awards at the Tuesday night awards ceremony for the Prosecutors Section of the New Mexico Bar Association in Albuquerque. Deputy District Attorney Ben Cross was recognized in the drug category, while Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover was [...]

DA: Katie’s Law aided in rape conviction

CNJ staff Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler is praising Katie’s Law for helping convict an illegal immigrant of the 2010 rape of a Clovis woman. Chandler said Jesus Oscar Dominguez was convicted by a jury Friday and faces up to 27 years in prison. He said Dominguez was convicted largely on DNA evidence police [...]

Mowrer selected as new district judge

Governor Susana Martinez announced today that she has appointed Donna Mowrer of Portales to serve as a judge for the Ninth Judicial District Court. Mowrer currently serves as Deputy District Attorney for the Ninth Judicial District and has held a number of roles as a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s office since joining in 2001.

Attorney to seek injunction against Hotel Clovis sign

An attorney who has demanded the city of Clovis remove a “Save me” sign from Hotel Clovis says it will be Monday before he can seek a court injunction. Eric Dixon, who said he works for the High Plains Patriots and their treasurer Kim Runyan, submitted a second letter to the city Friday after demands [...]

Four apply for judgeship

Freedom New Mexico Four local lawyers have applied for a 9th Judicial District judgeship vacant due to the death of Robert S. Orlik on May 28, the state Judicial Nominating Commission announced Friday. Applicants are Donna Mowrer of Portales and Wesley Pool, Andrea Reeb and Brian Stover, all of Clovis. Reeb is also chief deputy [...]

Teen’s family takes stand

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Argen Duncan During the first day of trial, prosecutors portrayed a 13-year-old accused of murdering a 21-year-old college student last summer as a loner and critical thinker who shot the young woman three times. Defense attorney Chris Christensen reserved the right to make his opening argument later. DeAngelo Montoya of Portales is charged with murdering [...]

Governor recounts lessons learned to Clovis crowd

Kevin Wilson District Attorney Matt Chandler surveyed the audience of about 350 at the Clovis Civic Center Tuesday morning. “This is our biggest crowd,” Chandler said of the seventh annual area breakfast to mark National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, “and I’m glad everybody came to hear me speak.”Chandler and the audience laughed, knowing full well [...]

March 20 — Weekly update

Teen’s trial scheduled DeAngelo Montoya, the teenage boy accused of fatally shooting Eastern New Mexico University student Angel Vale, is scheduled to go to trial April 12, according to the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Montoya was charged with murder in August 2010 after police investigated Vale’s July death. He had been incarcerated at Curry [...]