Jury selection about halfway finished in death penalty case

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Jury selection is roughly half-finished for the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen property. So far, 9th […]

Selection continues in Bedford trial

Staff and Wire Reports ALBUQUERQUE — Jury selection continued Tuesday in the trial of Stanley Bedford, who is accused in the killing of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering and one count of possession of stolen property. […]

Murder trial set to start

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers An Albuquerque jury will decide over the next six weeks whether a Portales man is responsible for the deaths of an elderly Portales couple in March 2005. Jury selection starts Monday in the death-penalty case of Stanley Bedford, 43, and lawyers expect to begin arguments May 29, the Tuesday following […]

Portales sees need for rehab

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Working together and not giving up on youth and those in the grasp of illegal drugs was the focus of a community forum Tuesday evening at Portales city hall. Among the highest concerns expressed by the public during the forum was the lack of rehabilitation options available in the […]

DA discusses meth program

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Hoping to bring more awareness of a continuing problem, the Eastern New Mexico University Criminal Justice Association held a presentation on methamphetamine. District Attorney Matthew Chandler was the guest speaker at Tuesday’s program, where he outlined his Meth Watch program, which restricts and monitors the sale of over-the-counter pseudoephedrine […]

Working through the pain

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Nearly every day, Joe Chandler stares down severe pain in almost every joint in his body to take a functionless block of wood and turn it into the essence of function as home and office furniture. The 53-year-old has worked with wood for nearly 30 years for the Portales-based […]

Safety program for seniors launched

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Safety for senior citizens is the goal of the Newman Project that pays tribute to area couple Odis and Doris Newman, who were killed in March 2005. “They are a couple who had a big impact on Portales and Roosevelt County,” said 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler during […]

Medical marijuana bill back on floor

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer After initial efforts to pass a medical marijuana bill in the state Legislature were shot down in the House last week, the issue is back at the urging of the governor. A substitute bill for the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act passed the Senate 32-3 late last week […]

Slaying trial set to begin after multiple delays

PNT Staff Report After multiple delays, the jury trial of a Portales man accused of killing a 19-year-old Portales woman in 2004 is set to begin Monday in Roosevelt County District Court. Richard Baca, 20, of Portales is accused of first-degree murder in the death of Amber Robinson of Portales. He is also charged with […]

Portales man sentenced to prison

PNT Staff Report A Portales man convicted of taking more than $600,000 from an armored car service where he worked last year has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison. State District Judge Teddy Hartley also ordered Scott Kirby, 23, to repay the money that was not recovered, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler […]

Cannon captain sentenced to one year

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This report contains language that some readers may find offensive. A Cannon Air Force Base captain has been sentenced to one year of military confinement and will be dismissed from the Air Force after he was found guilty of molesting an 8-year-old boy, according to base officials. Capt. […]

Defense attorney seeks new trial

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The defense attorney for a 31-year-old Clovis man convicted of first-degree murder contends his client’s rights were violated when police recorded his phone conversations from jail without his knowledge, according to court records. James Klipstine Jr. filed a six-page motion Thursday in the 9th Judicial District Court asking for a […]

Mandatory sentencing bill introduced to Senate

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, has introduced a bill in the state Senate that would mandate five-year minimum sentences for repeat drug trafficking offenders. The bill could be heard on the Senate floor in the next couple of weeks, he said. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said he has invested […]

Homicide defendant takes witness stand

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Homicide defendant Robert Macias took the stand in court Monday, denying any involvement in the shooting death of a 19-year-old city man a little more than a year ago. After brief questioning by defense attorney James Klipstine Jr., District Attorney Matt Chandler grilled the defendant regarding his account of events […]

Wife defends Macias

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The wife of homicide defendant Robert Macias told jurors Friday her husband was with her at a friend’s house the night Wilfred Salas Jr. died. District Attorney Matt Chandler challenged her story and the fact she had dodged investigators as the third day of the first-degree homicide trial in the […]

Letters to the Editor: Devil, child abuse not part of Wiccan religion

Regarding the Jan. 14 newspaper story about the Portales woman accused of killing her son because he had “the devil” in him: The story reported the suspect checked out books on Wicca from the library. This statement from District Attorney Matt Chandler flew in my face: “We believe the way some of the child abuse […]

Teens accused in robberies

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Two Clovis teens have been charged in connection with robberies that took place about the same time and place a homicide occurred last week. District Attorney Matt Chandler said the teens have not been charged in connection with the killing. “Additional information is being collected, (investigators) are completing interviews and […]

Books seized from public library

PNT Staff Report Police used a warrant at the Portales Public Library to seize magic and witchcraft books that had been checked out by a woman who is charged in the Jan. 4 death of her 6-year-old son. Teresa Gilman, 24, told police “the devil was in my son,” according to arrest affidavits. Gilman’s 8-year-old […]

Community involvement key in new programs

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Steve North has a vision for the 9th Judicial District, one he hopes to bring to fruition soon with the implementation of several new programs in Curry and Roosevelt counties. As the new director of the community prosecution initiative for the district attorney’s office, North is working to bring together […]

Clovis police term death as “suspicious”

Freedom Newspapers Clovis police are investigating a death they’ve termed “suspicious” after the body of a 36-year-old man was discovered in a Clovis secondhand store Monday afternoon. Emmett Salisbury was found by a friend about 1 p.m. Monday inside E’s Enterprises at 701 E. Grand Ave. Salisbury operated the small thrift store at the corner […]