Investigator dissects eight crime scenes

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE – A state police investigator spent Tuesday mapping out the night Odis and Doris Newman were killed in 2005. Kevin Massis, who has spent the last six of his 11 1/2 years with the New Mexico State Police in Hobbs as a crime scene investigator, testified at Albuquerque’s District […]

Threat claims leveled

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By Kevin Wilson, Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Prosecution and defense attorneys agreed Monday that prosecution witness Cynthia Peninger was threatened about revealing what she knew about the 2005 deaths of Doris and Odis Newman. They disagreed on who was doing the threatening. The prosecution said it was capital murder defendant Stanley Bedford who threatened Peninger. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bedford jurors chosen

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — With a series of hypothetical questions, showings of hands and criticisms of popular television shows, a panel of 65 men and women was pared down to 16 jurors in the case of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Wednesday was the final day of jury […]

Trial expected to start Thursday

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The court has reached its stated goal in a jury pool for the trial of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. However, all sides involved feel they’d be best served with one more day of selection. There are 61 potential jurors on a panel to […]

Murder trial nears its opening

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The family of Odis and Doris Newman is expected to be in Albuquerque from the opening arguments to the final verdict in the case of a man accused in their deaths. It’s a necessary commitment to her parents, daughter Vickie Dixon of Portales said, as opening arguments are set to […]

Jury selection to resume Tuesday in death penalty case

Freedom Newspapers Jury selection won’t be completed until at least Tuesday in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley 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. The […]

Jury selection on schedule in death penalty case

PNT Staff Report Jury selection is still on schedule in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley 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, District […]

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 […]

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 […]

Death penalty can be sought in Bedford trial

By Freedom Newspapers District Court Judge Steven Quinn refused to bar the death penalty Friday in the case of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple in 2005. Defense attorney Gary Mitchell of Ruidoso argued the constitutionality of the New Mexico death penalty in a broad series of motions heard by the judge […]

Judge to review motion in Bedford trial

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The constitutionality of the death penalty statutes in New Mexico were argued in a pre-trial hearing Monday in the Roosevelt County District courtroom in the case of a man accused of killing a retired Portales couple in 2005. Defense attorney Gary Mitchell of Ruidoso has filed four motions on […]

Sale benefits dairy destroyed by tornado

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Continuing to feel the outpouring of support from the community, Mike and Cindy Mitchell stepped into the sale ring at Portales Livestock for a $136,375 check. The check was the result of a benefit sale sponsored by Portales Livestock owner Randy Bouldin to help the couple. The Mitchell’s business, […]

Volunteers invade Grande Vida

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Twisted steel and scrap are jumbled everywhere you look on the Grande Vida Dairy east of Portales. Pens that once held 2,500 head of Holstein dairy cows are empty except for the debris. The remains of the milking barn were being pulled down Saturday in the first step of […]

Disaster strikes dairy

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County’s Mike Mitchell lost a new dairy operation and about 175 cows in Friday’s tornado, but quick thinking allowed him to escape with his life. Mitchell said he arrived Friday at the Grande Vida Dairy about nine miles east of Portales a little while before the storm hit. […]

Rams win overtime title thriller

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer It was a game that seemed destined never to end, but Portales junior guard Ky Mitchell ended it in an instant — claiming the Rams third consecutive District 4-3A tournament championship in the process. With the score tied at 50-50 in overtime, and two seconds remaining on the clock, […]

First Amendment Conference held

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer Students and community members alike attended the First Amendment conference Wednesday co-sponsored by Eastern New Mexico University’s department of Communicative Arts and Sciences and the Chase. The panel discussion was designed to encourage people to question American media’s role during wartime, say organizers. Amber Davis a Public Relations Student […]

June 24, 2006 Obituaries

Richard Dassero Services: None. Richard D. Dassero, 55, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Monday, June 19, 2006. He was born April 14, 1951, in Norfolk, Neb., and grew up in Colorado Springs. He attended Palmer High School and graduated from Colorado Technical University with a bachelor’s degree. A 20-year veteran of the Air Force, he […]