Food drive rolls through area

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Vehicles on U.S. 60/80 pulled over to the side of the road Saturday morning, making way for about 50 motorcycles that thundered eastbound on a mission to collect food for the needy. The riders snaked through Clovis neighborhoods, picking up food donations left near mailboxes as part of the […]

Closing arguments completed

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Jurors heard the final arguments about how they can and should punish Stanley Bedford for the deaths of an elderly Portales couple. The jury that convicted Bedford, 43, of murder, kidnapping and other charges in the March 3, 2005, deaths of Doris and Odis Newman, is now considering […]

Guilty: Convicted on all eight charges

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A 43-year-old Portales man will face the death penalty in connection with the 2005 deaths of an elderly Portales couple. An Albuquerque jury found Stanley Bedford guilty Thursday on eight charges, including first-degree murder and kidnapping. Jurors will return June 21 to decide whether Bedford should be executed for the […]

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 […]

Bedford takes stand, maintains innocence

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Stanley Bedford told jurors he’s no murderer Monday. Bedford, 43, testified in his capital murder trial that he hates the thought of dead people so much he can’t even attend family funerals, and he certainly wouldn’t have let Jerry Fuller set a car on fire if he knew […]

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 […]

Fuller testimony key in state’s case

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By Kevin Wilson, Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Jerry Fuller told Albuquerque jurors Stanley Bedford helped him plan and execute a robbery of his aunt and uncle, Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. He also testified that when he realized the Newmans could identify him, it was later Bedford’s idea to kill the couple by burning […]

Defense: Witness has ulterior motive

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Prosecutors spent Friday walking Jerry Fuller through inconsistencies in his statements made over more than two years about his and Stanley Bedford’s involvement in the deaths of an elderly Portales couple. Jurors heard two witnesses in Albuquerque’s District Court Friday, but nearly all of the second day of […]

Fuller testifies against Bedford

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Jerry Fuller said he felt remorse seconds after setting a car on fire with his aunt and uncle locked inside, and characterized an accused accomplice as a drug pusher who’d “try to cheat you constantly.” Fuller, serving a 127-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to murder in connection […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fuller gets 127 years

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As Jerry Wayne Fuller was escorted by deputies from the Roosevelt County district courtroom Wednesday to begin a 127-year double murder sentence, he left with a new Bible clutched in his shackled hands and with the forgiveness of at least some of the victims’ family. After hearing victim impact […]

Fuller sentencing hearing continued

By Freedom Newspapers The sentencing hearing in the Jerry Fuller case scheduled for Friday in Roosevelt County District Court has been continued until Jan. 17. According to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler, the courts postponed the hearing again because of the difficulty juggling schedules before the holidays. Fuller, 34, has pleaded guilty to two […]

Fuller sentencing set for Thursday

PNT Staff Sentencing for Jerry Wayne Fuller of Portales in connection with the 2005 slayings of Odis and Doris Newman, an elderly Portales couple, is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. In early October, Fuller pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree kidnapping as […]

Guilty plea

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Jerry Wayne Fuller avoided a possible death sentence Thursday in connection with the 2005 slaying of an elderly Portales couple. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn accepted Fuller’s guilty plea to two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of first-degree kidnapping as well as one count of tampering […]

Judge denies motion to dismiss death penalty

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn on Thursday denied defense motions to dismiss the death penalty as a possible sentence and separate the charges of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Jerry Fuller, 33, is accused of killing his uncle and aunt, Odis and Doris […]

Venue change granted in Fuller trial

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn on Wednesday granted a defense motion to change the venue of the trial of a Portales man accused of killing his uncle and aunt in March 2005. Defense attorney Jeffrey Jones of Santa Fe argued that people in Clovis and Portales have already […]

Area homicide numbers down in 2005

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Curry and Roosevelt counties recorded three homicides each in 2005 — only half the number seen in the 9th Judicial District in 2004, but several touched large segments of the area communities because the victims were well known and included three senior citizens and a 10-year-old boy. Officials said the formation […]

Trials set for two men accused in Portales killings

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Trials for two Portales men accused of killing an elderly Portales couple have been tentatively set to take place during June and July. Jerry Fuller, 33, faces two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping, one count of tampering with evidence, three counts of assault upon a peace officer […]