Clovis’ Wiggins found not guilty in murder trial

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Lonzell Wiggins Jr. looks back at a family member Friday after a jury found him not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2009 shooting death of Gary Gill. The jury deliberated three hours before returning the verdict in the five-day trial. By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Minutes after a […]

Clovis jury: Wiggins innocent of murder

Lonzell Wiggins Jr., has been found innocent of allegations he murdered a Clovis man in 2009. A Clovis jury returned the verdict about 2:30 p.m. Friday, three hours after deliberations began. Closing arguments ended about 11:20 this morning in Wiggins’ second-degree murder trial. Wiggins, 37, was charged with killing Gary Gill, 48, on Dec. 15, […]

Residents warned of jury duty phone scam

Curry and Roosevelt County residents are cautioned to be wary of a phone scam claiming to be connected with jury duty service in the 9th Judicial District. A resident recently reported receiving a phone call in which the caller —who claimed to be with the clerk’s office of the 9th Judicial District Court — asked […]

Jury relied on proof, not ‘knowing’

For reasons that will soon be obvious, I can’t tell you that I knew this was going to happen. But I had a pretty good idea. The alert flashed around noon that the verdict on Casey Anthony was 15 minutes away. The next 15 minutes saw funny comments, boring comments and the most offensive comment […]

Casey Anthony not guilty

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony was found not guilty Tuesday of killing her 2-year-old daughter in a case that captivated the nation as it played out on national television from the moment the toddler was reported missing three years ago. Anthony, 25, wept as the judge read the verdict, which jurors reached after less […]

Portales doctor acquitted on one drug charge; guilty on another

Staff and wire reports A federal jury in Albuquerque this week acquitted a Portales physician of illegally dispensing methadone to a man who died of a drug overdose in 2008. Arnold Sotello, 36, was found dead in an Amarillo motel Sept. 22, 2008. But the jury convicted Dr. Patricia J. Green on a second charge […]

Teen faces eight years in state custody

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File photo Convicted of second-degree murder at 13-years-old, DeAngelo Montoya faces a maximum of eight years in state custody. Sharna Johnson Convicted of second-degree murder at 13-years-old, DeAngelo Montoya faces a maximum of eight years in state custody; less than a third of the time an adult would face for the same acts. And his […]

Teen found guilty of murder

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell DeAngelo Montoya, 13, is escorted from Roosevelt County Courthouse Friday night after jurors found him guilty on all charges. District Court Judge Drew Tatum ordered a diagnostic examination before setting sentencing for Montoya. Argen Duncan A Roosevelt County jury late Friday found 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya guilty of fatally shooting 21-year-old […]

Laws also deserve to be scrutinized

Just about everyone wants justice. One of the most powerful tools you and I have available to keep government honest is the jury. Unfortunately, you can’t count on the government informing you of your power; you must usually hear of this from a libertarian activist instead. I believe that when you are serving on a […]

Clovis police officer indicted for vehicular homicide

Sharna Johnson A Curry County grand jury late Friday indicted Clovis police officer Stephen Gallegos on charges of vehicular homicide and great bodily harm by a motor vehicle. Gallegos faces a maximum sentence of nine years in prison if convicted on both third-degree felony counts, according to a press release from District Attorney Matt Chandler. […]

Press release: Officer indicted by Curry County grand jury

Contact Person: Captain Patrick Whitney, 575-763-9436 On Friday, January 21st, 2011 a Curry County Grand Jury found probable cause and returned a “True Bill” indicting Clovis Police Officer Stephen Gallegos on charges of Homicide by Motor Vehicle and Great Bodily Harm by Motor Vehicle stemming from the November 17, 2010 motor vehicle crash that claimed […]

Robert Macias found guilty of first-degree murder

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson District Attorney Matt Chandler listens with the jury to a 911 call reporting Wilfred Salas Jr.’s car crashed at Seventh and Merriwether Streets. Police later discovered Salas crashed after being shot in the back of the head as he drove north on Merriwether Street. Sharna Johnson For a second time, […]

Two charged in Muleshoe killing

Freedom New Mexico Two men have been charged in connection with a July 4 killing in Muleshoe but a grand jury has failed to return indictments in another deadly case. Daniel Mendoza, 20, and Michael Garcia, 25, were indicted Monday by a Bailey County Jury in connection to the death of 19-year-old Rolando Sauceda. Both […]

Tucumcari man found guilty of kidnapping, attempted murder

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Thomas Garcia A jury on Wednesday found a Tucumcari man guilty of five felonies including attempted murder and kidnapping. Sentencing has been set for 1 p.m. Tuesday. Earl Moses Ingram, 31, was silent in the 10th Judicial District Court as Justice Albert J. Mitchell read the jury’s verdicts to close the four-day trial. The victim, […]

Two cases Muleshoe to be presented to grand juries

CNJ staff Authorities plan to present two Muleshoe homicides to a grand jury Sept. 13. Police Chief Brian Frieda said Wednesday a special grand jury has been called to hear the cases. Daniel Mendoza, 20, and Michael Garcia, 25, are being held in connection with the July 3 shooting death of 19-year-old Rolando Sauceda. Police […]

Grand juries tool of law

Sharna Johnson Grand jury investigations have a lot of usefulness and can be a helpful tool in determining criminal charges and providing insight into a case, according to Kathryn Gurley, Parmer County Texas district attorney. In two area cases, police have suspects but charges have not been filed — the Aug. 17 shooting death of […]

Charges to be presented to grand jury in Muleshoe homicide case

CNJ staff report Charges in an Aug. 13 Muleshoe homicide will be presented to a grand jury, Police Chief Brian Frieda said Thursday. Frieda said police have a “particular person of interest” in the case and are continuing to conduct interviews and investigate the incident. “We kind of have an idea who this is,” he […]

Press release: Casillas found guilty in 2008 shooting

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that Anthony Casillas, age 23, was found guilty today by a jury for two-counts of First Degree Murder, one-count of Tampering with Evidence, and one-count of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. The trial, which started last Monday, concluded today with closing arguments and jury deliberations. The […]

Casillas found guilty

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Casillas Jared Tucker A Roosevelt County jury on Monday convicted Anthony Casillas of two counts of first-degree murder in the Sept. 25, 2008, shooting deaths of two people on Clovis’ west side. Casillas, 23, shot and killed 52-year-old Gary Payne of Melrose and 36-year-old Melissa Ward of Lubbock while riding in a van on Martin […]

Portales jury: Watson not guilty in Chunn slaying

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File photo A Roosevelt County jury has found farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson not guilty of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood member to murder Causey rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County jury has found farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson not guilty of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood member to murder […]