Press release: Convicted murderer receives maximum sentence

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Robbin Banister pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison. Clovis, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that Robbin Banister, age 43, was sentenced today for one-count of Second Degree Murder. Banister pled guilty to the crime earlier this year but sentencing was postponed until a diagnostic […]

Press release: Woman pleads to second-degree murder

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Robin Bannister, age 54, was convicted of Second Degree Murder for the death of Clifford Webber. Bannister now faces a maximum sentence of fifteen (15) years in the New Mexico State Penitentiary. The charges stem from an incident that occurred in the month […]

Family mystery may never be solved

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clifford Webber’s badly decomposed body was discovered on Tuesday morning in an abandoned home on Clovis’ West 14th Street. Police soon arrested his girlfriend and charged her with stabbing him in the chest. But Webber’s death is not the only one on his family members’ minds today. It has […]

Police press release: Woman arrested in homicide

On Thursday, June 18, 2009, members of the Clovis Police Department with the assistance of the 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit obtained and served an arrest for Robbin Banister, DOB: 12/16/1964, for an open count of homicide, two open counts of evidence tampering and one open count of conspiracy for the death of Clifford […]

Police preparing for arrest

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis police are preparing to charge someone for killing 37-year-old Clifford Webber. “We’re currently working on warrants… to charge somebody in this young man’s death,” Police Chief Steve Sanders said Thursday. Sanders said he could not speculate on how quickly the warrants would be served. He also declined to […]

County ghost story believable

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Back in 1994 when Harold Kilmer, Ike Stanford, and I were searching old cemeteries in Curry County, Sis Simmons, the local radio personality, who grew up as Alma Willoughby near Field, told me there was a cemetery we had missed out there. As a young girl she witnessed a 13-year-old […]

Baca given max sentence

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry Amber Robinson’s mother, Joann Martinez, reads a lengthy statement Friday during the sentencing hearing of Robinson’s killer, Richard Baca, in Roosevelt County District Court. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers District Judge Steven Quinn sentenced 20-year-old Richard Baca to 21 years in prison Friday on charges connected with the 2004 death of […]

Victim’s friend details encounter with suspect

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Witness Shelaine Rodich rcounts events of the night before her friend, 19-year-old Amber Robinson, went missing. Robinson’s body was found buried in a back yard in May 2004. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. PORTALES — The trial of Richard […]

Portales slaying trial to begin

By Freedom Newspapers After multiple delays, the jury trial of a Portales man accused of killing a 19-year-old Portales woman in 2004 is set to begin Monday in Roosevelt County District Court. Richard Baca, 20, of Portales is accused of first-degree murder in the death of Amber Robinson of Portales. He is also charged with […]

More delays ahead for Baca trial

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A competency hearing for a 20-year-old Portales man accused of killing a Portales teen in 2004 was postponed Monday at the request of the defendant’s court-appointed attorney. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn pushed back the date of a competency hearing at least 30 days while Richard Baca’s new attorney, […]

Portales brother pleads guilty

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A Portales man was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison for his role in the 2004 death of Amber Robinson of Portales. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn sentenced Clifford “Bubba” Baca, 21, after Baca pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and tampering with evidence. A week-long trial […]

Bruno, Clifford

Mr. Clifford Bruno, 79, of Portales, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005 in Portales. He was born Oct. 2, 1926, in Beckley, W. Va., to Theresa and Pete Bruno. He grew up in West Virginia, where he attended school. He entered the U.S. Army at 16 and spent his career in the military where he served […]

Vigil , Epemenia

Epemenia “Tina” Vigil, 45, of Clovis died Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Oct. 21, 1959, in Espanola to Clifford and Frances Romero Vigil. She was a secretary on the surgical floor at Plains Regional Medical Center for more than 16 years, and was a member […]

Slaying suspect may make deal

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Prosecutors say a plea agreement may be reached before a Portales teen goes on trial Monday for murder. Richard Baca, 19, of Portales, is accused of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence. His trial is set to begin at 9 a.m. before Ninth Judicial Court Judge Steven Quinn, but Ninth District […]

Trial date set for one accused brother

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A trial date has been set for one of two Portales brothers accused in the April slaying of 19-year-old Amber Robinson. Richard Baca, 18, will go to trial May 16-25, on charges of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence, senior prosecutor Donna Mowrer said. Clifford Baca, 20, also appeared Thursday before […]

Public record: 12-10-04

Compiled from court records from December 3 through December 8, 2004 Marriages Terry Ardrey, 57 to Roshanda Diane Holmes, 34, both of Clovis. Jesus Hector Rodriguez, 28 to Ninfa Navarro, 33, both of Clovis. Steven Edward Johnson ,25 to Nadine Micelle Pusateri, 23, both of Portales. Clifford John Warrick, 23 to Allyson Michelle Maggio, 24, […]

Sumners, Clifford Lee

Clifford Lee Sumners Services: Will be held at a later date. Clifford Lee Sumners, 72, of Nocona, Texas, died Saturday, April 10, 2004, in Nocona. He was born on June 19, 1931, in Aurora, Mo., to Wilmer and Gertrude Forrester Sumners. He lived in Clovis for 45 years before retiring in Nocona Hills, Texas, in […]

Wormington, Clifford

Clifford Wormington Services:Have been held. Mr. Clifford Wormington, 80, of Portales, died Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on April 19, 1923, in Minco, Okla., to Ida and Chester H. Wormington. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He moved to California where he went to work at […]