Defense attorney says client innocent

CNJ staff Randall Harris, attorney for homicide suspect Louis Guerra, released a statement Thursday saying his client is innocent of all crimes resulting from the April 13 shooting and subsequent death of Daniel Perez, 26, of Clovis. Perez died April 19, six days after the shooting that took place in the 900 block of South […]

Judge: Tucumcari mayor innocent of animal cruelty charges

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico After seven hours of eyewitness and expert testimony, Quay County Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett on Wednesday found Tucumcari Mayor Antonio Apodaca innocent of an animal-cruelty charge. “Thank God that justice prevailed and is well and alive in Tucumcari,” Apodaca said after Wednesday’s court appearance. Apodaca, 61, was accused of […]

Death penalty outdated, kills innocent people

Freedom New Mexico It’s time for another review of the death penalty, and the growing evidence that we can’t do it well enough to justify continued use. Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has delayed two planned executions pending a new review of the process. The order comes after Strickland ordered a halt to another killing on […]

Grandson shows innocent way to look at life

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist This article is dedicated to my grandson Jason, who has had almost daily “time of my life” experiences since we acquired the backyard swimming pool. I always knew … that a 9-year-old could get maximum use and enjoyment out of a 3.5 by14 foot-pool. We adults are under the sad […]

Childhood games instill good values

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Once an innocent way of deciding who went first or who got the last piece of candy, the game “rock, paper, scissors” is now organized into a televised U.S. championship. Surfing the channels one night last week, there it was on an obscure Fox Sports channel, folks in […]

Cops and courts: Airman acquitted of sex charges

A Cannon airman was acquitted of charges earlier this month that in 2003 he had sex with a 14-year-old girl and gave her alcohol. Matthew Quigley, 25, was accused criminal sexual penetration of a minor, a fourth-degree felony, and giving or selling alcohol to a minor, a misdemeanor. The jury found him innocent after 15 […]

Oklahoma City not forgotten even in turbulent times

Freedom Newspapers So much has happened in our nation during the past decade, so many threats to our security that have occupied our current attentions — and yet to forget or even downplay the tragedy of Oklahoma City 10 years ago remains inexcusable. Certainly the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, inflicted a greater loss […]

Bombing victim leaves legacy of compassion

Freedom Newspapers Looking at photographs on various Web sites of the smiling 28-year-old California blonde with more than a hint of impish good humor in her eyes, it is difficult to believe such a person could be dead. But Marla Ruzicka, who had spent much of her time in Iraq since 2003 working on behalf […]

Muleshoe man found innocent by jury

CNJ staff reports MULESHOE — A Bailey County jury found a Muleshoe man innocent of a murder charge on Friday, District Judge Gordon Green said. Larry Brent Kitchens, 52, was found innocent of murdering Derwin Wyn Beauchamp, 43, in October of 2003 at the home of Vince Simnacher. Kitchens is also charged with killing his […]

Jury: Innocent of murder

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Fernando Garcia hugs attorney Jim Klipstine Jr. of Hobbs at the Curry County Courthouse after being found not guilty of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence Thursday. Garcia was found guilty of dogfighting. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina, CNJ STAFF WRITER Dogfight guilt seen by panel Jurors spent two hours trying […]