Prosecutors want trial moved

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer

Prosecutors want the trial of a Clovis man charged with more than 100 counts of child molestation moved to Portales because of publicity, according to court records.

A motion filed in the 9th Judicial District Court on Thursday cites prejudicial news coverage and statements made by the defendant’s brother — who is the Tucumcari police chief and former Curry County sheriff — as examples why they believe a fair trial could not be held in Clovis.

Larry Hatcher, 48, faces 116 counts of child molestation. He