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 […]

Closing arguments near end in murder trial

Freedom New Mexico The attorney for one of two Clovis men on trial for first-degree murder said even if his client was at the scene during the shooting of a 10-year-old Clovis boy two years ago, his presence alone is not an indication of his guilt. Roger Bargas said during his closing argument Wednesday the […]

Novak case heard

Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections By Sharna Johnson Cannon Connections A decision on whether a Cannon Air Force Base airman will face a jury trial in connection with his wife’s death has been delayed while more evidence is collected. Investigating officer Lt. Col. Daniel Kiefer agreed May 18 to hold Airman Basic Edward Novak II’s Article […]

Officials investigating allegations of forged criminal citations

By David Stevens Authorities are investigating whether dozens of citations issued by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety include forged signatures of criminal suspects, according to court documents filed in 9th Judicial District Court. The court records do not explain why citations may have been forged. Investigators have learned that at least some of […]

Farmington man arraigned in Clovis slaying

The Associated Press CLOVIS — The fatal shooting of a black man at a motel parking lot in Clovis might have been racially motivated, a prosecutor says. The white man accused of the slaying is nicknamed “Lynching Lloyd,” District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Jimmy Bentley, 71, of Farmington, was arraigned Wednesday on an open count […]

Deputy accused of excessive force

By David Irvin A Clovis man recently acquitted of battery charges against a county sheriff’s deputy has filed a notice to the county that he intends to sue the deputy for using excessive force. Gilbert Martin Lopez, found guilty of evading arrest in his Feb. 2 jury trial, claims his civil rights were violated during […]