State Supreme Court upholds Salas’ conviction

CNJ staff Demetrio Salas’ first-degree murder conviction in the 2005 shooting of a 10-year-old boy has been upheld by the state Supreme Court. Salas, 24, was convicted by a Curry County jury in Oct. 2007 in the shooting death of Carlos Perez. He was convicted of murder, attempting to commit a felony, shooting at a […]

Two sentenced in child’s murder

Clovis, NM. – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Demetrio Salas, age 22, and David Griego, age 31, were sentenced this morning for the September 15, 2005 shooting death of 10 year old Carlos Perez. In October of 2007, a Portales jury found Demetrio Salas guilty of First Degree Felony Murder of […]

Salas agreement withdrawal being evaulated by DA

CNJ staff The District Attorney’s office is still reviewing the legality of withdrawing a plea agreement made with a Clovis teen who refused to testify against his brother in the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. District Attorney Matt Chandler said his office is evaluating the case to determine if the juvenile sentence can […]

Witnesses discuss weapon

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Eric Gutierrez of Clovis testifies in the first-degree murder trial of Demetrio Salas and David Griego as judge David Bonem looks on. The two are accused of roles in the 2005 shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez of Clovis. By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A man originally charged with […]

New witness testifies at murder trial

Freedom New Mexico Staff A man who was originally charged with tampering with evidence in the trial involving the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy began testifying Friday in the district courtroom in Portales. Eric Gutierrez of Clovis testified that the two defendants in the first-degree murder trial in progress along with two other […]

Victim’s brother recalls shooting

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Defendants Demetrio Salas, left, and David Griego, center, listen to testimony along with Griego’s defense attorney Roger Bargas Wednesday at Roosevelt County Courthouse. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Ruben Perez described to a Roosevelt County jury how he held his little brother and tried to stop the […]

Cops and Courts: Date set for first of two murder trials

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A date for the first-degree murder trial of two Clovis men accused in 2005 shooting a 10-year-old boy while he slept has been set for Sept. 17. The trial of Demetrio Salas, 21, and David Griego, 31, is scheduled to take 10 days, court records show. Scheduled for March, […]

Fifth arraigned in connection to shooting

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A fifth homicide defendant was arraigned Monday in connection with the shooting death in September of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. David “Smokey” Griego, 30, of Clovis was indicted Friday as an accessory to murder in the Sept. 15 homicide of Carlos Perez, who was killed when several rounds were […]

Fifth homicide defendant arraigned

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A fifth homicide defendant was arraigned Monday in connection with the shooting death in September of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. David “Smokey” Griego, 30, was indicted Friday as an accessory to murder in the Sept. 15 homicide of Carlos Perez, who was killed when several rounds were fired into […]

Plea OK’d in child slaying

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Orlando Salas, 16, stands to be sworn in Thursday while his father, Isidoro Salas, left, and Defense Attorney Anna Aragon listen. Salas pleaded guilty to murder charges. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 16-year-old murder defendant has told prosecutors his brother killed a 10-year-old boy, according to statements made in […]

Salas, Wilfred

Wilfred Reyes Salas, 19, of Clovis, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Oct. 26, 1986, to Wilfred and Velma Quintana Salas in Portales. He worked as a milker at a local dairy. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Demetrio Salas; and cousin, Richard Salas. Survivors […]

Trial of three brothers postponed

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The murder trial of three brothers charged in connection with a 10-year-old boy’s death will be postponed so that attorneys can receive and review forensic evidence. Prosecutor Andrea Reeb asked District Court Judge Joe Parker to push back the trial that had been scheduled for next month to at […]

Suspects to face grand jury

CNJ Staff District Attorney Matt Chandler said Monday the four suspects charged with murder in connection with last month’s shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy are scheduled to appear before a grand jury on Friday. Orlando Salas, 15, Demetrio Salas, 19, and Edward Salas, 21, are being held at Curry County detention facilities on […]