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 […]

Convicted killer Casillas given consecutive life sentences

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Kevin Wilson A Curry County judge sentenced Anthony Casillas to a pair of consecutive life sentences plus five-and-a-half years in an emotional sentencing hearing Friday afternoon. Casillas, 24, was convicted in August of two counts of murder, a felony firearm possession charge and tampering with evidence with habitual offender enhancements in connection to the 2008 […]

Their view: Funeral procession ban extreme measure

Funeral procession ban extreme measure A district attorney in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley is proposing outlawing funeral processions in his county. The Brownsville Herald newspaper opposed the idea in an editorial. Here’s a snippet:

Dec. 5 —

A Dec. 17 hearing is set for a woman accused of abusing her stepdaughter last year. Athena Shepherd is charged with abusing her then-10-year-old stepdaughter in September 2009, according to information from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office. Mern Shepherd, her husband and the child’s father, pleaded guilty to abuse or abandonment of the girl […]

King wins attorney general race

Kevin Wilson Gary King never thought victory would come easy. But he said the spoils had to be short. “I feel like it was a good, hard battle,” King said after defeating 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler and securing his second term as attorney general. “We’ll have a chance to enjoy the victory tonight, […]

Oct. 31 —

PNT staff report Status updates on high-profile criminal cases, according to the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office: • Lucio Ramirez, was charged with aggravated battery for hitting Marvin Silva, 34, of Belen with a hammer during the fight in which Marco Bonilla of Portales was stabbed to death in November 2009: The case was dismissed […]

Corruption, illegal immigration top attorney general debate

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Argen Duncan New Mexico’s attorney general candidates debated illegal immigration policy, health care reform and fighting corruption Tuesday night at Eastern New Mexico University. Incumbent and Democrat Gary King and Republican challenger Matt Chandler, also the Ninth Judicial District attorney, are contending for the office. Portales Mayor Sharon King moderated the debate, hosted by the […]

Attorney general debate set at ENMU

Freedom New Mexico Attorney General candidates Democrat incumbent Gary King and Republican challenger Matt Chandler, Ninth Judicial District attorney, are set to debate key issues in their race tonight . The debate is set for 6-7 p.m. in the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building Zia Room. ENMU’s Student Body Association and Clovis High […]

Attorney general candidates to debate

Freedom New Mexico Attorney General candidates Democratic incumbent Gary King and Republican challenger Matt Chandler, Ninth Judicial District attorney, are set to debate key issues in their race Tuesday. The debate is set for 6-7 p.m. in the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building Zia Room. ENMU’s Student Body Association and Clovis High Plains […]

Poll shows King with 15-point lead over Chandler

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Kevin Wilson A poll on the upcoming attorney general’s race shows incumbent Gary King with a 15-point lead over Matt Chandler heading into November’s general election. King, a Democrat, was chosen by 48 percent of poll respondents, while Chandler, currently serving his second term as the district attorney for the state’s 9th Judicial District, was […]

Polls show King leading attorney general race

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Some 48 percent of likely New Mexico voters are backing Democratic incumbent New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, while 33 percent support his Republican challenger, eastern New Mexico prosecutor Matt Chandler, according to a poll released Tuesday. Nineteen percent of those questioned were undecided, the Albuquerque Journal reported in a […]