Jury to deliberate Friday

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Prosecutor Matt Chandler shows defendant Edward Salas a transcript of statements he made previously to police and asked him if he needed help remembering what he said. Salas took the stand Thursday at his murder trial at the Curry County Courthouse. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Lawyers will deliver […]

Prosecution rests in Salas murder trial

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The prosecution went through all of its planned witnesses in the trial of Edward Salas — including his mother — before Thursday’s mid-day break and rested shortly after returning from lunch. Salas, 23, faces charges in connection to the Sept. 15, 2005, shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. The […]

Jury hears second day of testimony in Salas murder trial

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Prosecutor Matt Chandler shows the jury pictures of defendant Edward Salas while Krystal Anson looks on Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse during the second day of Edward Salas’ homicide trial. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The prosecution used a parade of people Tuesday to place Edward Salas and […]

Teenage girls give testimony during second day of murder trial

CNJ Staff Two teenage girls gave testimony for the prosecution Tuesday morning that placed three brothers and two other men at the apartment complex where 10-year-old Carlos Perez was shot and killed more than two years ago. Melissa Sanchez was the first witness in Day 2 of the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas, 23, […]

First witness takes stand at Salas murder trial

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Edward Salas, 23, listens Monday afternoon at the Curry County Courthouse as Lynn Trujillo testifies on what occurred the night of the shooting. Salas is on trial for the shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Ruben Perez, the person police have said was the […]

Salas accused in attack

By CNJ Staff An 18-year-old serving a juvenile sentence for murder is now accused of attacking a guard with a pencil. According to KOB.com, guards went to Orlando Salas’ cell at the Youth Diagnostic and Development Center in Albuquerque. Officials told the station said Salas bit a guard’s hand, and then stabbed him three times […]

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The murder occurred 3,000 years ago. The “Bone Detectives” are looking for clues in the victim’s skull.

Three arrested in Salisbury homicide

Three Arrested In Connection With The Murder of Emmett Salisbury On January 7, 2007 at 701 East Grand Avenue In Clovis    On Wednesday, February 27, 2008, Agents and Detectives of the Clovis Police Department, 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit and New Mexico State Police arrested 20 year old Larry McClendon and 19 year […]

Novak jury recesses for day

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Jurors recessed after deliberating for approximately nine hours Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II. They will resume deliberations at 8 a.m.Wednesday. If a guilty verdict is rendered, the court will move immediately into sentencing. Novak could face life […]

Former state medical investigator testifies

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Kimberly Novak had multiple injuries to her head and neck when she died, according to a forensic pathologist who performed her autopsy. The 20-year-old wife of a Cannon Air Force Base airman charged with her slaying had four subdural hematomas, areas of bleeding under […]

Novak murder trial to begin at Cannon

CNJ staff The military murder trial of Airman Basic Edward M. Novak for the October 2004 death of his wife is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Monday at the Cannon Air Force Base courthouse. Kimberly S. Novak, 20, was found dead Oct. 28, 2004, in the military housing unit the couple shared on base […]

Trial of Cannon airman to start

The murder trial of Airman Basic Edward M. Novak for the October 2004 death of his wife, Kimberly S. Novak, in their home on Cannon Air Force Base, is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. in the Cannon courthouse January 28. Airman Novak, 712th Maintenance Squadron Provisional, previously the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was charged […]

Two sentenced in child’s murder

Clovis, NM. – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Demetrio Salas, age 22, and David Griego, age 31, were sentenced this morning for the September 15, 2005 shooting death of 10 year old Carlos Perez. In October of 2007, a Portales jury found Demetrio Salas guilty of First Degree Felony Murder of […]

Convicted killers sentenced in child’s death

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks District Attorney Matt Chandler, left, argues in Monday’s sentencing hearing of Demetrio Salas and David Griego, for the 2005 shooting death of Carlos Perez. Seated at right are Salas, his attorney, Gary Mitchell, Griego and his attorney, Roger Bargas. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — An attorney for […]

Salas agreement withdrawal being evaulated by DA

CNJ staff The District Attorney’s office is still reviewing the legality of withdrawing a plea agreement made with a Clovis teen who refused to testify against his brother in the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. District Attorney Matt Chandler said his office is evaluating the case to determine if the juvenile sentence can […]

By the numbers — 2007 homicides and convictions

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis homicides • Emmett Salisbury, 36, died Jan. 8: Shot to death in a second-hand store he operated at 701 E. Grand Ave. Salisbury’s body was found by his partner the next day. He had been shot in the chest, police said. Police have said the investigation is still […]

12-9 Library books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: How to Feed a Teenage Boy: Recipes and Strategies by Georgia Orcutt presents more than 150 recipes for simple, satisfying fare that will provide our ravenous, junk food-loving, green-phobic sons with tasty and nutritious meals for life. The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen blends past […]

Roosevelt man accused in jail stabbing

CNJ staff and wire reports A Roosevelt County farmer incarcerated at the Dona Ana County Jail is accused of stabbing a detention officer Tuesday. Authorities are investigating the attack that prompted a three-hour lockdown at the southern New Mexico jail. The officer, Johnny Barrientos, had opened the door to Donald Taylor’s cell to deliver a […]

Police believe fugitive has returned to area

CNJ staff Police believe a fugitive charged in the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy more than two years ago has returned to the Clovis area, according to a press release from Clovis police. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of Noe Torres, 28, who […]

Jury returns guilty verdicts

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Demetrio Salas talks with his attorney Gary Mitchell following his conviction of felony murder and other charges Thursday. Salas and co-defendant David Griego, who was convicted of second-degree murder, have been on trial in a Roosevelt County courtroom. By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer PORTALES — Demetrio Salas faces more than 46 years in prison […]