Lighthouse holding ceremony for second shelter

CNJ staff The Lighthouse Mission will hold a ceremony to mark the opening of its second shelter. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. Oct. 8 at 500 L Casillas Boulevard, said Richard Gomez, administrator for the mission. “We’re going to be able to house mothers and children in the old shelter, and house single […]

Press release: Casillas found guilty in 2008 shooting

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that Anthony Casillas, age 23, was found guilty today by a jury for two-counts of First Degree Murder, one-count of Tampering with Evidence, and one-count of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. The trial, which started last Monday, concluded today with closing arguments and jury deliberations. The […]

Casillas found guilty

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Casillas Jared Tucker A Roosevelt County jury on Monday convicted Anthony Casillas of two counts of first-degree murder in the Sept. 25, 2008, shooting deaths of two people on Clovis’ west side. Casillas, 23, shot and killed 52-year-old Gary Payne of Melrose and 36-year-old Melissa Ward of Lubbock while riding in a van on Martin […]

Casillas trial breaks until next week

Freedom New Mexico The prosecution and defense finished presenting evidence Friday in the Anthony Casillas murder trial in Portales District Court. Judge Robert Orlik agreed to let the jury break until next week. Closing arguments begin 8:30 a.m. Monday. Casillas, 23, is accused of shooting and killing two people Sept. 25, 2008, in Clovis. If […]

New trial under way in Portales for Casillas

Jared Tucker PORTALES — A new trial is under way for Anthony Casillas, 23, who is charged with two shooting deaths in Clovis in 2008. District Attorney Matt Chandler said 911 tapes from the night of the shooting were introduced Tuesday morning as evidence after opening statements. The trial in District Court is expected to […]

Prosecutors: Defendant tried to get mistrial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Prosecutors say jail house phone calls show Anthony Ray Casillas was trying to cause a mistrial in his double-homicide case. Tuesday, District Judge Robert Orlik declared a mistrial when a badly beaten witness collapsed during his testimony and two Casillas family members caused a disruption in a courthouse hallway […]

Prosecutors: Defendant wanted to see what it felt like to kill

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Prosecutors say Anthony Ray Casillas shot two people because he wanted to see what it felt like to kill. But his lawyer says Casillas’ behavior was too absurd to have been planned, implying alcohol and drugs may have influenced him the night Gary Payne and Melissa Ward died. Casillas, […]

Small fire at Lighthouse Mission contained

CNJ staff The Clovis Fire Department responded to a call at the Lighthouse Mission a little after 3 p.m. Tuesday at 407 Las Casillas Boulevard. Chief Ray Westerman said the blaze involved the backyard and back fence and was contained in a matter of minutes. He said the fire did not enter the interior of […]

Texas prisoner captured without incident

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Texas prisoner mistakenly released from the jail in September is back in custody after he was found having breakfast at a local shelter Thursday. Willie Windom was arrested without incident around 8 a.m. at the Lighthouse Mission on Las Casillas Boulevard, according to Clovis police Lt. Jim Schoeffel. […]

Homicide suspect indicted on murder charges

CNJ staff Homicide suspect Anthony Ray Casillas was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder Friday in connection with the Sept. 25 shooting deaths of a Melrose man and a Lubbock woman, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Casillas, 21, of Clovis is accused of shooting Gary Payne, 52, and Melissa Ward, 36, while the […]