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 […]

Residents warned of jury duty phone scam

Curry and Roosevelt County residents are cautioned to be wary of a phone scam claiming to be connected with jury duty service in the 9th Judicial District. A resident recently reported receiving a phone call in which the caller —who claimed to be with the clerk’s office of the 9th Judicial District Court — asked […]

Portales doctor acquitted on one drug charge; guilty on another

Staff and wire reports A federal jury in Albuquerque this week acquitted a Portales physician of illegally dispensing methadone to a man who died of a drug overdose in 2008. Arnold Sotello, 36, was found dead in an Amarillo motel Sept. 22, 2008. But the jury convicted Dr. Patricia J. Green on a second charge […]

Teen convicted of murder faces eight-year sentence

Sharna Johnson Convicted of second-degree murder at 13 years old, DeAngelo Montoya faces a maximum of eight years in state custody; less than a quarter of the time an adult would face for the same acts. And his time will most likely be spent at a facility designed to rehabilitate youth, rather than just incarcerate […]

Teen found guilty of murder (updated)

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Argen Duncan A Roosevelt County jury late Friday found 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya guilty of fatally shooting 21-year-old Angel Vale last summer. After almost four hours of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of guilty on all counts against Montoya, including second-degree murder, aggravated burglary, two counts of tampering with evidence and larceny. District Judge Drew […]

Jury awards Clovis man $1.9 million in BNSF lawsuit

Freedom New Mexico A Texas jury found BNSF Railway negligent Friday and awarded $1.9 million to a Clovis man for back injuries sustained working for the company. James Phillips’ award came following a four-week trial held in Fort Worth, Texas, in which the 30-year railroad employee made a case that degenerative disc disease in his […]

Two charged in Muleshoe killing

Freedom New Mexico Two men have been charged in connection with a July 4 killing in Muleshoe but a grand jury has failed to return indictments in another deadly case. Daniel Mendoza, 20, and Michael Garcia, 25, were indicted Monday by a Bailey County Jury in connection to the death of 19-year-old Rolando Sauceda. Both […]

Casillas guilty on two counts of murder

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A Roosevelt County jury on Monday convicted Anthony Casillas of two counts of first-degree murder in the Sept. 25, 2008, shooting deaths of two people on Clovis’ west side. Casillas, 23, shot and killed 52-year-old Gary Payne of Melrose and 36-year-old Melissa Ward of Lubbock while riding in a van on Martin Luther King Boulevard. […]

Portales jury: Watson not guilty in Chunn slaying

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A Roosevelt County jury has found farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson not guilty of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood member to kill Causey rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn and not guilty of attempting to manufacture methamphetamine. The verdict came about noon Tuesday. Watson was accused of hiring Rogers native Donald Taylor […]

Jury deliberating Watson verdict

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson’s fate was handed over to a jury late Monday. Watson is accused of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood gang member to kill local rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn. Attorneys finished final arguments earlier in the day and the jury had not reached a verdict […]

Stabbing case heads to grand jury

PNT staff reports The case of the November stabbing death of Portales resident Marco Bonilla, 25, is scheduled to go before a grand jury this week, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Bonilla was stabbed multiple times during a fight involving several people. The grand jury is set to convene today and hear evidence dealing with […]

Jury finds Barela guilty

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Brandon Barela’s facial expression didn’t change as the guilty verdict was read Thursday afternoon. After less than two hours of deliberations, a Curry County jury found the 25-year-old guilty of first-degree murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and two counts of tampering with evidence. He faces a maximum sentence of life […]

Portales man indicted on murder charge

PNT Staff Report A grand jury has indicted Isaac Montano, 47, on a charge of first degree murder for the July 7, 2008, death of Donald Chapman. The indictment was returned June 30. Chapman, 69, was found at his home in Portales with multiple stab wounds and died later at a Lubbock hospital. Other counts […]

Home invasion suspect sentenced to 41 years

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A Portales man who chose to represent himself amid allegations he beat an 82-year-old woman while burglarizing her home has been convicted and sentenced to 41 years in prison. A Roosevelt County jury convicted Preston Blake of aggravated burglary and other charges on Friday. Blake, 27, is the third […]

Proposed bill exempts seniors from jury duty

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The saying age has its privileges may find new meaning in New Mexico law. A bill passed by the state Senate Tuesday gives senior citizens 70 and older an automatic pass on jury duty. Introduced by Sen. Stuart Ingle, SB 112 gives citizens 70 and older a choice to […]

Richardson won’t address grand jury investigation

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The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson held a brief news conference Monday about his decision to withdraw his nomination as U.S. Commerce Secretary but refused to answer questions about a federal investigation into how his political donors landed lucrative transportation contracts. Richardson read from a prepared statement and answered a few questions […]

Sept 18, 1974

The Portales News Tribune reported that two men, one a student from ENMU, entered guilty pleas before District Judge James C. Compton on grand jury indictments for selling marijuana.

Teenage girls give testimony during second day of murder trial

Freedom New Mexico Two teenage girls gave testimony for the prosecution Tuesday morning that placed three brothers and two other men at the apartment complex where 10-year-old Carlos Perez was shot and killed more than two years ago. Melissa Sanchez was the first witness in Day 2 of the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas, […]

Third Salas brother set to go on trial in Clovis for murder

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Jury selection in the first-degree murder trial for a third brother charged in the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy is set to begin Monday in Clovis. Edward Salas, 23, faces life in prison if convicted. The trial is scheduled for five days. Depending on how long jury […]

Novak jury recesses for day

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Jurors recessed after deliberating for approximately nine hours Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II. They will resume deliberations at 8 a.m. today. If a guilty verdict is rendered, the court will move immediately into sentencing. Novak could face […]