Newman family members testify

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Family members say the way Doris and Odis Newman were brutally killed left emotional scars that will never heal. Six family members testified Tuesday — one via videotape — during the prosecution’s victim-impact portion in the penalty phase against Stanley Bedford. They all told similar stories about how […]

Bedford trial — week in review

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Staff photo: Kevin Wilson New Mexico State Police investigator Kevin Massis shows jurors possible scenarios of the attack on Odis Newman at District Court in Albuquerque. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — One witness has told jurors Stanley Bedford helped him plan and complete the burglary and murders of Odis and Doris Newman, […]

Prosecution rests

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Roman Romero of the Clovis Police Department speaks to jurors Friday about a diagram he made of the scene in Portales where Jerry Fuller was shot and arrested on the morning of March 8, 2005. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The prosecution rested its case Friday afternoon in […]

Experts: No Bedford DNA evidence found

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Shoeprint analyst Shirley Garcia shows jurors pictures of shoeprints while District Attorney Matt Chandler asks questions during Thursday’s session of the Stanley Bedford trial in Albuquerque. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Expert witnesses testified Thursday there was no DNA, fingerprint or shoeprint evidence at various crime scenes […]

Deputy: Newman fire arson

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson New Mexico State Police Sgt. Shane Arthur holds a blood-stained throw rug during Wednesday’s session of the Stanley Bedford trial in Albuquerque. Arthur said the rug was found in the laundry room of the Newmans, and the blood is from Odis Newman. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — […]

Investigator maps out scenes

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Defense attorney Gary Mitchell, center, discusses the use of a pipe as a weapon with state police crime scene investigator Kevin Massis, left, and defense attorney Daniel Salazar during the trial of Stanley Bedford. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — A state police investigator spent Tuesday mapping out […]

Week in review: Fuller testimony at heart of case

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Jerry Fuller told Albuquerque jurors Stanley Bedford helped him plan and execute a robbery of his aunt and uncle, Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. He also testified that when he realized the Newmans could identify him, it was later Bedford’s idea to kill the couple by […]

Defense: Witness has ulterior motive

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Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson Jerry Fuller answers questions Friday from Gary Mitchell, the defense attorney for Stanley Bedford, during Bedford’s trial in District Court in Albuquerque. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Prosecutors spent Friday walking Jerry Fuller through inconsistencies in his statements made over more than two years about his and Stanley […]

Fuller testifies against Bedford

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Jerry Fuller said he felt remorse seconds after setting a car on fire with his aunt and uncle locked inside, and characterized an accused accomplice as a drug pusher who’d “try to cheat you constantly.” Fuller, serving a 127-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to murder in […]

Senior safety project launch scheduled

By Freedom Newspapers The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office will launch a senior citizen safety project at 11 a.m. Monday at Valencia Elementary School in Portales, according to a press release. The program is called “The Newman Project” in honor of Odis and Doris Newman, a Roosevelt County senior citizen couple killed in 2005. Its […]

Fuller sentenced

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Stanley and Vickie Dixon stand together as they testify Wednesday during the sentencing hearing of Jerry Wayne Fuller. Vickie Dixon is the victims’ daughter. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — As Jerry Wayne Fuller was escorted by deputies from the Roosevelt County district courtroom Wednesday to begin a 127-year […]

UFO sightings draw attention in Clovis

By Don McAlavy UFO SIGHTINGS FOLLOWED SPUTNIK IN 1957 The UFO sightings around Clovis and other places in 1957 were probably touched off by the Russians’ first satellite, Sputnik, which was launched into space in October of that year. Odis Echols Jr., of Clovis, was in a car with his wife and his parents. Odis […]

Newmans left lasting impression

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom newspapers Portales said its collective farewell Friday to Odis and Doris Newman. The Newmans loved to eat breakfast at McDonald’s with a group o f friends six times a week, and they loved to play marbles and dominoes at the Senior Citizens Center. But most of the funeral service was dedicated […]

Details of Portales couple’s death released

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Odis and Doris Newman were alive when they were locked in the trunk of their car, according to court documents. Their bodies were found March 3 in the trunk of their burned vehicle. Details of their deaths were found in an arrest affidavit filed Friday in the case against one […]

Friend says Odis, Doris Newman provided fond memories for lifetime.

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Suspect may have used Newmans’ debit bank card. By David Stevens: CNJ Editor David Sanders will never understand why anyone would want to harm Odis or Doris Newman. “They were the kind of people that would open the door to anybody,” he said. “They figured if somebody knocked on their door, they needed something, so […]