By the numbers — 2007 homicides and convictions

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

Clovis homicides

• Emmett Salisbury, 36, died Jan. 8: Shot to death in a second-hand store he operated at 701 E. Grand Ave. Salisbury’s body was found by his partner the next day. He had been shot in the chest, police said.
Police have said the investigation is still active.

Early in the investigation, the district attorney named two Clovis teenagers as persons of interest in the case. The two were being investigated for robberies that took place outside the store the night the homicide occurred. Anthony Wallace, 19, was convicted of armed robbery and other related charges earlier this month and faces up to 35 years in prison. Larry McClendon, 20, is awaiting trial for the robberies. Neither is charged in connection with Salisbury’s death.

• Eladio Robledo, 39, died July 12: Shot to death on the sidewalk in front of his residence at 512 W. Sixth St. Albert Ramirez, 19, is awaiting trial, charged with first-degree murder in the shooting.

Witnesses told police they saw Ramirez flee the area after hearing five shots. Ramirez’ mother, Robledo’s girlfriend, had previously filed police reports and told police she was afraid of her son, records show.

Homicide convictions
• Jerry Wayne Fuller — Sentenced Jan. 17 to 127 years in the double murder of Odis and Doris Newman. Fuller, 35, the Newmans’ nephew, kidnapped, beat and burned the elderly Portales couple in the trunk of their car in March 2005. Their bodies were found in the car on a rural road east of Portales.

• Robert Macias, 31 — Convicted Jan. 30 of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Wilfred Salas Jr. Salas, 19, was shot in the head Jan. 15, 2006, while he was driving his car on Merriwether Street and died from the wound. Macias was sentenced to a minimum of 52 years imprisonment.

• Richard Baca, 21 — Convicted of second-degree murder March 7 in the 2004 Portales beating death of 19-year-old Amber Robinson. He was sentenced to up to 21 years imprisonment.

n Stanley Bedford, 44 — Found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2005 deaths of Odis and Doris Newman, an elderly Portales couple. An Albuquerque jury spared Bedford from the death penalty, and he was instead sentenced to 120 years imprisonment.

• Demetrio Salas and David Griego — Salas, 22, was convicted of first-degree murder and Griego, 31, was convicted of second-degree murder Oct. 4 in the 2005 shooting death of Carlos Perez, 10, killed while sleeping in his Clovis home. The men are scheduled for sentencing Jan. 14. Salas faces a minimum of 46 years and Griego up to 20 years imprisonment.

• Tony Martinez, 54 — pleaded guilty Sept. 19 to second-degree murder in connection with the May 2006 death of Hugo Ochoa, 32. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

• John Cameron, 26 — Pleaded guilty Oct. 12 to voluntary manslaughter for shooting Amos Soliz, 19, in October 2006 during a dispute. He was sentenced to more than eight years imprisonment.