Homicide suspect ruled competent enough to stand trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A judge ruled Tuesday 20-year-old Albert Ramirez, accused of shooting his mother’s boyfriend in 2007, is competent to stand trial. District Judge Teddy Hartley issued the ruling after hearing testimony Monday from a clinical psychologist with the New Mexico Department of Corrections who evaluated Ramirez. No trial date has […]

Clovis woman competent for trial

The Associated Press LUBBOCK, Texas — A woman accused of slipping into a maternity ward while wearing hospital scrubs and abducting a newborn girl is competent to stand trial, a judge ruled Thursday. Rayshaun Parson, 21, pleaded not guilty in April to kidnapping in the disappearance of Mychael Darthard-Dawodu. The baby was found a day […]

Cops & Courts 11/2

The man accused of a crime spree through Fort Sumner, Melrose, and Portales didn’t have his preliminary hearing on Tuesday in the De Baca County Magistrate Court, as had been scheduled. John C. Cates, 19, is being held in the De Baca County jail on a $360,000 bond facing 37 charges including kidnapping, aggravated burglary, […]