Press release: Two Clovis men convicted of 2008 summer home invasions

Clovis, NM ~ Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced that Jeremy Enriquez, age 20, and Oscar Hernandez, age 17, was found guilty by a Clovis jury today. Enriquez and Hernandez are the first of seven total defendants charged with the Clovis and Portales Home Invasion spree that spanned over eight (8) days in July […]

Two Clovis men convicted of 2008 summer home invasions

Freedom New Mexico Two of seven people accused of participating in a home invasion spree in Clovis and Portales last summer have been convicted of charges. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Jeremy Enriquez, 20, and Oscar Hernandez, 17, were found guilty by a Clovis jury Tuesday of charges stemming from their crime spree. They were […]

Clovis man convicted on kidnapping charges

CNJ Staff A 36-year-old Clovis man accused of kidnapping and repeatedly raping a woman on a two-day crime spree was convicted by jury trial Wednesday, according to District Attorney Matthew Chandler. Chandler said Anthony Morgan was found guilty on one count of first-degree kidnapping, one count of criminal sexual penetration, two counts of aggravated assault, […]

Jury Convicts Clovis Man of Kidnapping and Rape Charges

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today Anthony Morgan, age 36, was convicted after a two day jury trial on one (1) count of First Degree Kidnapping, one (1) count of Criminal Sexual Penetration, two (2) counts of Aggravated Assault, one (1) count of Aggravated Battery, and six (6) counts of […]

Ethics bill gets committee nod

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican For years, a measure that would enhance penalties for public officials who are convicted felons couldn’t even get a hearing in the Capitol. And when it was heard, it never cleared a single committee. Wednesday morning, however the bill (SB 141) got a nod from the Senate Rules Committee […]

Portales teen convicted for aggravated burglary

CNJ staff An 18-year-old Portales man is facing up to 12 years in prison for beating and severely injuring an 82-year-old woman while burglarizing her home, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Joel Zertuche was convicted Friday of aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary. According to the release: • […]

Escapee sentenced

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that the first August 24, 2008 Curry County escapee to be caught was also the first to be convicted.

Supreme Court overturns vehicular homicide conviction

CNJ staff The New Mexico Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Melrose man convicted in 2004 of homicide by vehicle. A two-year prison sentence for Harry Downey, 75, of Melrose, has been vacated and a pretrial conference is scheduled 8:15 a.m. Jan. 26. Downey was convicted in February 2004 for the July […]

Year in review: County faces challenges

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CNJ file photo By April, events will begin taking place at the new Special Events Center. Officials say they anticipate it will thrive and the region will come to depend on it as an entertainment hub and source of economic enrichment. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Packed with frustrations, public scrutiny and controversial issues, […]

DNA archiving could incriminate the innocent

Freedom New Mexico Effective Jan. 9, the U.S. government will collect DNA samples from all noncitizens detained by the authorities for any reason and from all people arrested for federal crimes. One can understand the impulse here, given that DNA is a much more reliable identifier than fingerprints and is not subject to change. In […]