Bedford jury selection continues

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Jury selection is roughly half finished in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping and other lesser charges. As of Wednesday, 100 potential jurors […]

Potential Bedford jurors examined

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Jury selection continued Tuesday in the death-penalty trial of Stanley Bedford, who is accused in the killing of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen […]

Death penalty still on table

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers An Albuquerque jury will decide over the next six weeks whether a Portales man is responsible for the deaths of an elderly Portales couple in March 2005. Jury selection starts Monday in the death-penalty case of Stanley Bedford, 43, and lawyers expect to begin arguments May 29, the Tuesday following […]

Death penalty can be sought in Bedford trial

By Freedom Newspapers District Court Judge Steven Quinn refused to bar the death penalty Friday in the case of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple in 2005. Defense attorney Gary Mitchell of Ruidoso argued the constitutionality of the New Mexico death penalty in a broad series of motions heard by the judge […]

Attorney challenges death penalty

By Karl Terry: Freedpm Newspapers PORTALES — The constitutionality of the death penalty statutes in New Mexico was argued in a pre-trial hearing Monday in the Roosevelt County District courtroom in the case of a man accused of killing a retired Portales couple in 2005. Defense attorney Gary Mitchell of Ruidoso has filed four motions […]

Judge: State can pursue death penalty on Bedford

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A district court judge ruled Monday the state could pursue the death penalty — at least for now — in the case of a man accused of kidnapping and killing an elderly Portales couple almost two years ago. Prior to Monday’s probable cause hearing, attorneys worked out an agreement that […]

Newman timeline

Freedom Newspapers 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 […]

Murder trial moved

CNJ Staff More than 100 motions have been argued in the homicide cases of two men accused of killing an elderly Portales couple in March 2005, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Included in those motions was the decision last week to move Stanley Bedford’s trial to Albuquerque, Chandler said. A motion to […]

Year in review: Number of homicides down sharply

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Curry and Roosevelt counties recorded three homicides each in 2005 — only half the number seen in the 9th Judicial District in 2004, but several touched large segments of area communities because the victims were well known and included three senior citizens and a 10-year-old boy. Officials said the […]

Trial dates set in slaying of Portales couple

By Tony Parra A man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple will go on trial a year from now. District Judge Stephen Quinn on Friday set Stanley Bedford’s jury trial for Sept. 5 through Oct. 13 next year. Bedford, 42, is accused of killing Odis Newman, 70, and Doris Newman, 69, in March. Jerry […]