March 2, 2005: Officials said someone attempted to use a debit card that belonged to Doris Newman, 69, and identified a car belonging to her and Odis Newman, 70, at a Portales bank in surveillance video.
March 3, 2005: Firefighters are called to a car fire southeast of Portales. The remains of Odis and Doris Newman are found in the car’s trunk.
March 7, 2005: Portales residents Cynthia Peninger, Stanley Bedford and Archie Crawford are arrested after a trip to a Clovis pawn shop owner.
March 8, 2005: Jerry Fuller is shot by police outside a Portales residence after refusing to drop a weapon while being arrested.
March 21, 2005: Bedford and Fuller are indicted by a grand jury on charges related to the murder.
June 8, 2005: The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office announces it will seek the death penalty against Bedford and Fuller.
April 26, 2006: Fuller is granted a defense motion to change the venue of his trial to Roswell.
April 27, 2006: The judge denies defense motions to dismiss the death penalty in Fuller’s case.
Sept. 27, 2006: Bedford is granted a change of venue to Albuquerque, and a motion to dismiss the death penalty is dismissed.
Thursday: Fuller agrees to plead guilty to first-degree murder, kidnapping and other charges in connection with the Newmans’ deaths.
— Freedom Newspapers