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 […]

Tucumcari man charged with murder

Freedom Newspapers A 24-year-old Tucumcari man, Phillip J. Latham, has been charged with murder in connection with Tuesday’s shooting death of Tiffany Throckmorton, according to a news release from the Tucumcari Police Department. Latham, who lives on South Seventh Street, is charged with murder, tampering with evidence and possession of a firearm, the release said. […]

Baca found guilty

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Roosevelt County jury returned a verdict of guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday in the 2004 death of a 19-year-old Portales woman. Richard Baca, 20, was accused of beating Amber Robinson of Portales unconscious in the kitchen of the Baca home and burying her alive in the back yard […]

Bentley guilty in Clovis murder

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis jury on Thursday found Jimmy Bentley guilty of second-degree murder for the Christmas Eve shooting death of an Oklahoma photo salesman. The announcement capped a four-day trial in the 9th Judicial District Court in which prosecutors argued Bentley’s shooting of Joseph Phillips, 48, outside a Clovis hotel was […]

Man indicted on murder charge

Freedom Newspapers A man captured in Texas after police named him as a murder suspect for the area’s third homicide was indicted for first-degree murder Friday, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney. Tony Martinez, 51 is accused of fatally shooting Hugo Ochoa May 31 outside a home at 410 Rencher Street. […]

Richard Baca trial going through more delays

Tony Parra:PNT Staff Writer A competency hearing for a 20-year-old Portales man accused of killing a Portales teen in 2004 was postponed Monday at the request of the defendant’s court-appointed attorney. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn pushed back the date of a competency hearing at least 30 days while Richard Baca’s new attorney, Anna […]

Novak hearing ends

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The prosecution and defense agreed on one thing at the conclusion of an evidentiary hearing to determine if a Cannon Air Force Base airman should stand trial for murder in connection with his wife’s death: the case hinges on circumstantial evidence. Defense attorney Maj. Shawn Vandenberg told the hearing investigator […]

Murder suspect nabbed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A traffic stop in West Texas on Tuesday led to the arrest of a 51-year-old Clovis man wanted by police in connection with the city’s third homicide this year. Tony Martinez, 51, was arrested at a hotel in Lamesa, Texas, just before 6 a.m. CDT Tuesday, according to officials. Martinez […]

Clovis man convicted of murder

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Her jaw clenched, eyes shielded behind glasses, the mother of shooting victim Roshawn Pitts sat with arms and legs crossed, nodding her head emphatically Thursday as each guilty verdict was read. William Riley, 33, showed no emotion as his family members shook their heads in disbelief and anger after a […]

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 […]