Clovis man convicted of selling cocaine

Clovis Man Convicted of Selling Cocaine Clovis, NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Glen Mayfield, age 45, was convicted of four counts of trafficking crack cocaine. Mayfield pled guilty to the charges and the Court immediately proceeded to a sentencing hearing. During the sentencing hearing, District Court Judge Teddy Hartley ordered […]

By the numbers — 2007 homicides and convictions

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis homicides • Emmett Salisbury, 36, died Jan. 8: Shot to death in a second-hand store he operated at 701 E. Grand Ave. Salisbury’s body was found by his partner the next day. He had been shot in the chest, police said. Police have said the investigation is still […]

Jury convicts man of armed robbery

CNJ staff and wire reports A 19-year-old Clovis man faces up to 35 years in prison for armed robbery after a Curry County jury convicted him Wednesday, according to the district attorney’s office. Anthony Wallace was convicted of felony armed robbery, felony aggravated burglary, assault with intent to commit a violent felony, intimidation of a […]

Death penalty process lengthy

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer If Stanley Bedford receives the death penalty, he’ll be in exclusive company — New Mexico’s death row — and odds are he’d be there for a while. Bedford was convicted Thursday of two counts each of murder and kidnapping and other charges in connection with the March 3, 2005, […]

Feb. 7, 1975

A paroled criminal was charged with murder in connection with the slaying of a convenience store clerk. Stanley D. Melton was ultimately convicted in Sarah Vineyard’s death. … Clovis drilled Roswell Goddard, 77-53, in a high school basketball game. All 11 Wildcats players scored. Willie Henry had 19 points and 18 rebounds as CHS improved […]

DNA important tool in righting wrongs

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist For a prosecutor, DNA analysis can be the best thing in the world. Nothing facilitates a conviction more than biological evidence irrefutably connecting the defendant to the crime through blood, saliva or semen. But DNA analysis can also be the worst thing in the world for prosecutors. It can prove […]

Treason may be justified in case of terror videos

By Freedom Newspapers The words “traitor” and “treason” are sometimes used rather loosely in common parlance, applied to anything from criticizing the current administration’s policies in impolite terms to actually taking up arms in a foreign army at war with the United States. The U.S. Constitution, however, is much more explicit and limited in its […]

City beefs up DUI penalties

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis City Commissioners adopted an ordinance at Thursday’s meeting toughening penalties for driving under the influence of liquor or drugs. Drivers convicted of a second or third DUI offense in Clovis will face at least 28 days in an inpatient, residential or in-custody substance abuse program, at least 90 […]

Portales man convicted on sexual charges

Freedom Newspapers A Portales jury late Tuesday convicted a 36-year-old Portales man of eight counts of criminal sex crimes involving a child under the age of 13, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Darrell Casillas, 36, of Portales was convicted of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual penetration and six counts of second-degree […]

Accountability good, but Enron trial raises concerns

Freedom Newspapers It’s not particularly surprising that Enron Corp.’s former top two executives, Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Stilling, were found guilty Thursday on most criminal counts that prosecutors brought against them relating to the demise of what was once the nation’s seventh-largest company. Both men face the prospect of spending the rest of their lives […]