Muleshoe man convicted of murder

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers MULESHOE — Family members of Vince Simnacher believe justice was served Friday when a Bailey County jury convicted a Muleshoe man of capital murder. Larry Kitchens, 53, was found guilty after 45 minutes of jury deliberation and sentenced to life in prison, according to 287th District Attorney Johnny Actkinson. Actkinson […]

Write-in candidate elected Parmer County attorney

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor For the first time in roughly 40 years, a write-in candidate won an election in Parmer County. And this time it wasn’t because an incumbent candidate forgot to file. Write-in candidate Kathryn Gurley of Friona defeated Farwell Republican Jeff W. Actkinson 2,014 votes to 1,606 on Tuesday night. Bonnie […]

Muleshoe man’s attorney argues passion, accidents

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Larry Kitchens, left, is escorted by Bailey County Sheriff Richard Willis as the two return from lunch recess Wednesday during Kitchens’ murder trial. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor MULESHOE — The defense attorney for a Muleshoe man charged with killing three people told a jury Wednesday his client accidentally shot […]

Friends vie for commission seat

By Michelle Seeber Parmer County voters on Tuesday chose Democrat Michael Haseloff and Republican Ronald Byrd as candidates for the Precinct No. 3 County Commission seat. The two, who said they were “good friends,” are from Farwell. They will run against each other in the Nov. 2 general election. Voters also determined Republican Kirk Frye, […]

Trial tabled in triple homicide

By Darrell Todd Maurina MULESHOE — The man charged with capital murder in the Oct. 10 triple slaying of his former wife and two other men had his trial postponed Wednesday morning after prosecutors said they weren’t ready to take the case to trial. Judge Gordon H. Green of the 287th District Court granted the […]