2005 Clovis murder case to be featured on Court TV

CNJ Staff The 2005 murder of Clovis’ Laura McNaughton will be the subject of a national television show set to air on Aug. 18-19, according to an online Court TV schedule. The airing time for the half-hour documentary could be either 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. (East Coast feed) or 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. […]

Court TV plans to air local homicide case

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File photo By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The case of a Clovis woman killed by a local dentist will be featured on a nationally televised crime show. In mid-April, family and friends of Laura McNaughton and local law enforcement participated in interviews and investigation reenactments and provided photos for the show “Body of Evidence: […]

Plea satisfies victim’s family

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The sisters of Laura McNaughton, Krystal Beardmore, front, and Jacqueline Beardmore, rear, weep after speaking at the sentencing of James Smith Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A grain of peace has been given the family of a slain Clovis mother by a Tuesday […]

Dentist headed to prison

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James Smith signs a plea agreement Tuesday morning, while CO-Counsel for defense Rebecca Reese,left, looks on. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. Laura McNaughton’s family had strong words for the Clovis woman’s convicted killer during a sentencing hearing Tuesday […]

Death penalty motion OK’d

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James Smith,right, is escorted into the court room of Judge Joe Parker at the Curry County Courthouse Monday afternoon by Transport Officer Cliff Chilcoat. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. A district judge ruled Monday probable cause exists […]

Impact of McNaughton slaying still lingers

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David and Maria Beardmore placed a cross to mark the location where the body of their daughter, Laura McNaughton, was found a year ago. (File photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Case file • The victim: Laura McNaughton, 30, mother of two. Her nude body was found Dec. 10, 2005, by hunters near Pleasant […]

Slaying victim’s family visits site

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson David and Maria Beardmore view a cross they placed Thursday to mark the location where the body of their daughter, Laura McNaughton, was found by hunters in December. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer On the edge of a desolate, wind-whipped field stands a small homemade cross wrapped in a […]

Mother mourns lost daughter

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A plaque at the Curry County Courthouse was placed by the Clovis chapter of the New Mexico Homicide Survivors group as a memorial for victims of violent crimes. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Maria Beardmore lost a daughter last December. She said she also lost her best friend when Laura […]

McNaughton family honors police

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Matt Chandler, left, district attorney for the 9th Judicial District Court, accepted a flag from U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Jeff Scofield Monday at the District Attorney’s office. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Local law enforcement members were recognized Monday by the family of Laura McNaughton, the 30-year-old Clovis woman found […]

DA plans to pursue death penalty against Smith

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor District Attorney Matt Chandler plans to pursue the death penalty against a former Clovis dentist accused of bludgeoning a woman to death. Chandler said he will seek the death penalty against James Smith, 37, based on state statute and because New Mexico’s sentencing system does not include life without […]