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 […]

Downey, Levi Trent

Levi Trent Downey Services: Have been held. Mr. Levi Trent Downey, 19, of House, died Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, in Curry County. He was born on Dec. 26, 1984, in Tucumcari, to Dwain and Susan Downey. He graduated as valedictorian from House High School in May 2003. Family members said he was a fun-loving young […]

Downey, Russell Dwain

Russell Dwain Downey Services: Have been held. Mr. Russell Dwain Downey, 48, of House, died Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, in Curry County. He was born on July 7, 1956, in Clovis. Family members said he was an outgoing person, who never met a stranger and was always ready to tell jokes to anyone who would […]

Accident victim remains in critical condition

CNJ staff Susan Downey, 45, of House, was still listed in critical condition Wednesday at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock following a Monday morning accident near St. Vrain that took the lives of her husband and son, hospital officials said. Her husband, Russell Dwain Downey, 48, and son, Levi Downey, 19, both of House, died […]

Father, son die in head-on collision

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Two pickup trucks collided head-on Monday morning near Saint Vrain on U.S. 60/84, leaving two dead and sending two to the hospital with serious injuries, according to a press release from the New Mexico State Police. Russell Dwain Downey, 48, and his son, Levi Downey, 19, both of House, […]

Melrose man sentenced to two years

By Darrell Todd Maurina A 70-year-old farmer from Melrose on Wednesday was sentenced to two years in state prison for vehicular homicide, despite warnings from his attorney that prison time could be a death sentence. District Judge Stephen Quinn decided to go beyond the Department of Corrections’ pre-sentencing recommendation that Harry Downey receive five years […]

Jury: Melrose man guilty of vehicular homicide

By Darrell Todd Maurina Harry Downey, 70, showed no emotion Friday in Curry County District Court as jurors found him guilty of homicide by vehicle after four hours of deliberation, a verdict that could put him behind bars in state prison for the next six years. Downey, a farmer from Melrose, also faces an upcoming […]

Vehicular homicide case recesses without verdict

By Darrell Todd Maurina The jury in the vehicular homicide trial of Harry L. Downey recessed without a verdict Thursday night after more than two hours of deliberations. Debates about basic facts and the interpretations of those facts have been frequent since the trial began Monday in the courtroom of Judge Stephen Quinn, according to […]

Melrose man goes on trial in 2001 death of secretary

By Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County jurors will be asked this week to determine if Harry L. Downey, 70, of Melrose, is responsible for the 2001 death of Anna Beth Austin, the secretary for Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper. The key question, prosecutors and defense attorneys agree, is whether Downey was intoxicated at the time […]

Cameron, Wallace

Wallace Cameron Services: Have been held. Mr. Wallace H. Cameron, 82, of Clovis, retired Air Force colonel, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at his home. He was born Sept. 16, 1920, in Cameron, to Arthur W. and Laura E. Cameron. He graduated from Grady School in 1938. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air […]