20-year-old charged in Pacheco homicide

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Courtesy photo Orlando Martinez, 21, of Tucumcari, charged with tampering with evidence and conspiracy to tamper with evidence. Four suspects are charged in connection with the homicide of a Tucumcari woman, New Mexico State Police said Monday. Sgt. Tim Johnson said Randall Jones, 20, of Tucumcari was charged Friday with murder in connection to the […]

Arrest made in April homicide

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Louis Guerra CNJ staff A 30-year-old Clovis man has been charged with murder in connection with an April 13 shooting in Clovis. Louis Guerra is also charged with shooting from a motor vehicle, assault with intent to commit a violent felony and tampering with evidence. He was already in the Curry County Adult Detention Center […]

Tucumcari suspect arraigned

Freedom New Mexico A man accused of killing two men in a Tucumcari hotel was arraigned Tuesday in the Quay County Magistrate Court. Muziwokuthula Madonda appeared before Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett via closed circuit television from the Quay County Detention Center. Madonda is charged with for two open counts of murder and one count of […]

Stabbing trial begins

CNJ staff Today marks the first full day of testimony in trial of a Clovis man accused of stabbing a 21-year-old man during a March dispute. Luciano Guerra is charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence. Police have said witnesses identified then-19-year-old Guerra as the person who stabbed Andrew Gama numerous times around midnight, […]

Evidence still pending in fatal crash

CNJ staff Police Chief Steve Sanders said Thursday that investigators are still waiting on evidence from a fatal crash involving Officer Stephen Gallegos. Sanders said police have received Gallegos ’ cell phone records. However, they are still awaiting laboratory results from blood tests taken after the Nov. 17 crash. Sanders declined to comment on any […]

Students connect curriculum to crime scene

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School Freshman Academy Adriana Romero, left, hands new evidence to Kimberly Acosta to be bagged Tuesday at the school’s reconstruction of a 1920 homicide. Liliana Castillo Clovis High School Freshman Academy students relived history last week as they reconstructed a homicide from the 1920s. In the cross-curricular project, […]

Weekly update — Aug. 22

Police: No word on forensic analysis Portales police say there is still no word on the outcome of forensic analysis of evidence in the slaying of Eastern New Mexico University student Angel Vale. Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry said the state crime lab has not released any paperwork to his department with any conclusions […]

Casillas trial breaks until next week

Freedom New Mexico The prosecution and defense finished presenting evidence Friday in the Anthony Casillas murder trial in Portales District Court. Judge Robert Orlik agreed to let the jury break until next week. Closing arguments begin 8:30 a.m. Monday. Casillas, 23, is accused of shooting and killing two people Sept. 25, 2008, in Clovis. If […]

Ethnic studies don’t threaten U.S. history

Freedom New Mexico Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer once again is taking heat for signing a knee-jerk bill that targets minority groups. Just weeks after signing the immigration enforcement bill that allows local police to stop people, without evidence of a crime, and ask for their proof of legal U.S. residency, Brewer approved a bill restricting […]

Two arrested for drug trafficking

CNJ staff Two Clovis men were arrested Friday for drug trafficking, accused of having almost $10,000 worth of cocaine in their possession. Jesus Dominguez, 21, and Roman Ramos Villareal, 34, are charged with trafficking cocaine, conspiracy to traffic cocaine and possession of paraphernalia. Additionally, Villareal is charged with tampering with evidence and Dominguez with possession […]