Newmans’ daughter spreads message of forgiveness

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Though it will continue in the state department of corrections, life goes on for Stanley Bedford. As it will for everybody affected by the conviction of Bedford, 43, for his role in the deaths of Doris and Odis Newman of Portales. Most parties hope some type of lesson […]

Bedford dodges death penalty

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Stanley Bedford, right, smiles while talking to defense attorney Gary Mitchell in District Court in Albuquerque following the penalty phase. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Stanley Bedford will not be New Mexico’s third death row inmate. Jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict in the penalty phase of […]

Jurors deciding on death penalty

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Stanley Bedford addresses jurors during the penalty phase of his trial at District Court in Albuquerque. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Jurors heard the final arguments about how they can and should punish Stanley Bedford for the deaths of an elderly Portales couple. The jury that convicted Bedford, […]

Newman family members testify

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Family members say the way Doris and Odis Newman were brutally killed left emotional scars that will never heal. Six family members testified Tuesday — one via videotape — during the prosecution’s victim-impact portion in the penalty phase against Stanley Bedford. They all told similar stories about how […]

Mental capacity focus of testimony

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The defense team for Stanley Bedford finished its mitigation argument Monday, as jurors heard a long day of testimony from family members and a psychiatrist on Bedford’s past and still undecided future. The jury convicted Bedford, 43, nearly two weeks ago of murder, kidnapping and other charges in […]

Week in Review: Judge could limit character witnesses

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The jury that will determine Stanley Bedford’s fate has seen nearly 300 pieces of evidence and heard testimony from nearly 40 witnesses. There’s plenty they haven’t seen as well. The instances are more frequent during the current death penalty phase, during which the jury will decide whether Bedford […]

Bedford’s family takes stand

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Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson Defense attorney Gary Mitchell, left, and Stanley Bedford smile during testimony by Bedford’s niece. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Nine members of Stanley Bedford’s family testified Wednesday as his defense team began the mitigation period of Bedford’s death-penalty hearing for the March 2005 deaths of Odis and Doris […]

Bedford jury finds aggravating circumstance

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson District Attorney Matt Chandler shows a picture of Odis and Doris Newman during a response to the defense’s closing argument in Thursday’s death-penalty hearing for Stanley Bedford at District Court in Albuquerque. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque jury on Thursday found murder in the course […]

Death penalty phase of Bedford trial set to begin

CNJ staff An Albuquerque jury will reconvene today to begin the penalty phase for Stanley Bedford, convicted last week of killing Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. The jury on June 14 handed down a guilty verdict for eight charges against Bedford, including two counts each of first-degree murder and kidnapping in connection with the […]

Death penalty process lengthy

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer If Stanley Bedford receives the death penalty, he’ll be in exclusive company — New Mexico’s death row — and odds are he’d be there for a while. Bedford was convicted Thursday of two counts each of murder and kidnapping and other charges in connection with the March 3, 2005, […]

Death penalty phase planned

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A dozen Albuquerque jurors found Stanley Bedford guilty last week of killing Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. The same jury will reconvene Thursday in Albuquerque to determine whether Bedford should die as punishment. The death penalty phase is unlike any other trial in New Mexico, District Attorney Matt Chandler […]

Jury will decide on death penalty

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The same jury that on Thursday convicted Stanley Bedford of kidnapping and killing an elderly Portales couple will decide in a second, separate trial whether he should be executed as punishment. After the verdict was read, Judge Stephen Quinn immediately sentenced Bedford, 43, of Portales to 120 years […]

Bedford found guilty of murder

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Stanley Bedford is placed in handcuffs after an Albuquerque jury found him guilty on eight charges inluding first-degree murder and kidnapping Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer A 43-year-old Portales man will face the death penalty in connection with the 2005 deaths of an elderly Portales couple. An Albuquerque jury found […]

Bedford jury still deliberating

CNJ staff Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque jury will enter its third day of deliberation today in the capital murder trial of Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales. Bedford, 43, faces eight charges, including two counts of murder and kidnapping in connection to the March 3, 2005 deaths of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. […]

Capital murder case sent to jury

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Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson District Attorney Matt Chandler holds a portrait of Odis and Doris Newman during his closing argument Tuesday in the trial of Stanley Bedford in Albuquerque. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The fate of Stanley Bedford now lays in the hands of a dozen Albuquerque residents. Jurors began deliberations about […]

Bedford maintains innocence on stand

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Defense attorney Gary Mitchell, left, talks with Stanley Bedford as the jury is excused Monday afternoon at District Court in Albuquerque. Closing arguments are today. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Stanley Bedford told jurors he’s no murderer Monday. Bedford, 43, testified in his capital murder trial that he […]

Bedford trial — week in review

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Staff photo: Kevin Wilson New Mexico State Police investigator Kevin Massis shows jurors possible scenarios of the attack on Odis Newman at District Court in Albuquerque. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — One witness has told jurors Stanley Bedford helped him plan and complete the burglary and murders of Odis and Doris Newman, […]

Prosecution rests

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Roman Romero of the Clovis Police Department speaks to jurors Friday about a diagram he made of the scene in Portales where Jerry Fuller was shot and arrested on the morning of March 8, 2005. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The prosecution rested its case Friday afternoon in […]

Experts: No Bedford DNA evidence found

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Shoeprint analyst Shirley Garcia shows jurors pictures of shoeprints while District Attorney Matt Chandler asks questions during Thursday’s session of the Stanley Bedford trial in Albuquerque. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Expert witnesses testified Thursday there was no DNA, fingerprint or shoeprint evidence at various crime scenes […]

Deputy: Newman fire arson

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson New Mexico State Police Sgt. Shane Arthur holds a blood-stained throw rug during Wednesday’s session of the Stanley Bedford trial in Albuquerque. Arthur said the rug was found in the laundry room of the Newmans, and the blood is from Odis Newman. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — […]