Judge declares mistrial in murder case

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A district judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the murder trial of Anthony Ray Casillas after a prosecution witness collapsed during testimony. Witness Steven Casillas, the defendant’s uncle, appeared injured when he arrived at court, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Paramedics were called and were standing by while Steven […]

Supreme Court sends suit against city of Portales to trial

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The New Mexico Supreme Court has sent a breach of contract lawsuit against the city of Portales back to District Court for a jury trial. The lawsuit alleges that without approval, Portales City Manager Debi Lee canceled retiree health benefits stipulated by a personnel ordinance. City representatives said the […]

Portales man requests self-representation at trial

PNT Staff Report A man accused of breaking into a Portales home and beating an 82-year-old woman has asked to represent himself at trial. Preston Blake, 25, faces more than 18 years in prison in connection with a 2008 residential burglary at the home of Jo Ann Vickers. At the beginning of testimony on Wednesday, […]

Border patrol agents’ trial not about immigration

Editorial The case of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean — Border Patrol agents in Texas convicted in 2006 of shooting an illegal-immigrant drug smuggler as he headed back toward Mexico, and sentenced to 11-year and 12-year prison terms, respectively — has become a cause c

County treasurer’s trial set for September

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout will go to trial in September on charges she tampered with public records. Bookout’s trial had been scheduled for June 9, but was postponed during a hearing Friday morning before District Judge Ted Hartley. Defense attorney Gary C. Mitchell told Hartley he needed more […]

Trial date set for Portales woman accused of killing son

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor A Portales woman accused of killing her 6-year-old son in January 2007 faces a September trial date.Teresa Gilman, 25, was ruled competent to stand trial in February and indicted Feb. 27

Closing arguments next in Salas trial

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico Lawyers will deliver closing arguments this morning in the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas, accused in the 2005 shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. The prosecution rested its case Thursday afternoon, and the defense followed suit after nearly three hours of testimony in a Curry County courtroom […]

Prosecution and defense rest in homicide trial

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Lawyers will deliver closing arguments this morning in the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas, accused in the 2005 shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. The prosecution rested its case Thursday afternoon, and the defense followed suit after nearly three hours of testimony in a Curry County courtroom […]

Jury to deliberate Friday

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer

Prosecution rests in Salas murder trial

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer CLOVIS — The prosecution went through all of its planned witnesses in the trial of Edward Salas — including his mother — before Thursday’s mid-day break and rested shortly after returning from lunch. Salas, 23, faces charges in connection to the Sept. 15, 2005, shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos […]