Births — April 3

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Wicker Gage Gregory Wicker was born March 10, 2011, to Grayson and Shara Wicker of Clinton, Okla., at Abilene Regional Medical Center in Abilene, Texas. He weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces. He has one sister, Shayla Brie Ann Wicker, 3. Grandparents are Brad and Debbie Hunton of Portales and Jerry and Doris Wicker of Clovis.

Birth: Wicker

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Skyla BrieAnn Wicker was born Dec. 13, 2007, to Grayson and Shara Wicker of Sweetwater, Texas, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater. She weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces. Grandparents are Jerry and Doris Wicker of Clovis and Brad and Debbie Hunton of Portales.

Feb. 3, 1957

• ENMU Greyhounds over came a seven point halftime disadvantage and after a nip and tuck battle came out on top of a close 77-74 count. • Julie plays at the tower starring Doris Day, Louis Jourdan, Barry Sullivan and Frank Lovejoy.

Bedford spared death

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Stanley Bedford will not be New Mexico’s third death row inmate. Jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict in the penalty phase of his trial for the 2005 murders of Doris and Odis Newman of Portales. Bedford, 43, will instead serve the 120-year prison sentence imposed last week […]

Family remembers couple

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Family members say the way Doris and Odis Newman were brutally killed left emotional scars that will never heal. Six family members testified Tuesday — one via videotape — during the prosecution’s victim-impact portion in the penalty phase against Stanley Bedford. They all told similar stories about how […]

Bedford case goes to jury

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The fate of Stanley Bedford now lays in the hands of a dozen Albuquerque residents. Jurors began deliberations about 2 p.m. Tuesday following closing arguments of Bedford’s capital murder trial in District Court. Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with kidnapping and killing Odis and Doris Newman of […]

Homicide case moves toward week two

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — One witness has told jurors Stanley Bedford helped him plan and complete the burglary and murders of Odis and Doris Newman, while a former roommate said she overhead Bedford discussing his role in their home. No physical or DNA evidence placing Bedford at the home or in any […]

Prosecution rests

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The prosecution rested its case Friday afternoon in the capital murder trial of Stanley Bedford. The defense expects to do the same thing quickly next week. After a motion to dismiss charges against his client due to lack of evidence was denied, defense attorney Gary Mitchell told Judge […]

Witnesses: DNA evidence lacking

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Expert witnesses testified Thursday there was no DNA, fingerprint or shoeprint evidence at various crime scenes to tie capital murder defendant Stanley Bedford to the 2005 deaths of an elderly Portales couple. Prosecutors walked Noreen Purcell, a DNA analyst with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, through […]

Tale of Contrast

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The state called Stanley Bedford a plotting killer who even scares people who know him. His defense attorney calls him a guy who gave an acquaintance a ride and got tagged with murder charges when the responsible party wanted to avoid the death penalty. Opening arguments began Thursday […]