Testimony highlights, William Riley trial

• Chris Aultman, friend of the victim, acquaintance of the defendant and driver of the car where Roshawn Pitts was shot, testified Monday about the moments before, during and after the shooting. He described Riley running out of his apartment with a gun and shooting through the windows of Aultman’s car. Aultman said he fled […]

Medical examiner: Shots that killed victim fired at close range

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Chief Medical Investigator Dr. Ross Zumwalt examines a blood-soaked shirt of homicide victim Roshawn Pitts on Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. William Riley is accused of killing Pitts. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A state medical examiner testified Tuesday the shots that killed Roshawn Pitts were fired at close […]

Trial begins for 2004 shooting case

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Prosecution witness Chris Altman testifies in the trial of William Riley at the Curry County Courthouse in Clovis Monday. The trial resumes today. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Recounting shots that pierced the windshield of his car and shattered his passenger window, prosecution witness Chris Altman described the events that […]

Shooting trial set for Monday

CNJ staff The first-degree murder trial of a man accused of shooting and killing a 20-year-old Clovis man is set to begin Monday in the 9th Judicial District Court. The trial of William Riley, originally scheduled for October 2005, was delayed when he failed to appear for court hearings. Local authorities found him in a […]

Student profile: Jeremy Dan Riley

Jeremy Dan Riley is a senior Clovis Christian School. He is the son of Jan and Danny Riley. What is so great about your favorite sport? Track is an individual sport. Your competing against yourself to improve times when running or improve distances when throwing. Tell us about a happy time: Some of the happiest […]

Burchett, Tinnie

Tinnie L. Burchett, 90, of Farwell died Sunday, April 2, 2006, at Farwell Convalescent Center. Born May 12, 1915, in Field to James and Mint Roles Gibbs, she married John F. Burchett. She farmed with her husband at Grier for many years. She moved to Clovis in 1962. She was a member of Ranchvale Baptist […]

Arnold, Tildon

Tildon Arnold, 84, of Arch died Sunday, March 5, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born June 15, 1921, in Alamo to Diana Lorraine and Robert Jerome Arnold. He worked on ranches around Santa Rosa for several years. He moved to Arch to find work in 1940. He married Imogene Riley on […]

Riley, Wanda

Wanda Riley, 77, of Taiban, died Sunday, March 5, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital following an illness. She was born Dec. 20, 1928, in Clovis to Albert and Lilly Moss. She was raised in Clovis where she attended school. She attended a beauty school in Clovis. She married F.C. Riley on Sept. 10, 1949, in […]

Brewer, Margaret

Mrs. Margaret Ann Riley Brewer, 66, of Clovis, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2006, at her home. She was born March 13, 1939, in Clovis, to Leo Riley and Alice Riley Yourell. She married Bill Brewer on Aug. 4, 1956, in Clovis. She began a career at the Foxy Drive-In restaurant as a car-hop and later […]

10/9 Local Briefs

Clovis man extradited from California A Clovis man charged with first-degree murder was extradited Friday from a Los Angeles jail to Curry County Adult Detention Center, according to the district attorney’s office. William Riley, 33, faces a jury trial Dec. 19 to 23 in connection with the death of Roshawn Pitts, 20, according to District […]

Extradition hearing to be held Friday

CNJ staff An extradition hearing will be held Friday for a Clovis man charged with first-degree murder who left the state against court orders. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Wednesday the hearing will determine if William Riley, 33, will waive his right to be extradited to Clovis. Riley is being held in a Los Angeles […]

Clovis man charged with murder found in custody elsewhere

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent A Clovis man charged with first-degree murder was discovered by local authorities on Wednesday to be in custody in Los Angeles. William Riley, 33, was slated to go to trial in Curry County in less than a month in connection with the June 2004 slaying of Roshawn Pitts. That trial […]

Partin, Eva

Eva Partin Services: Have been held. Mrs. Eva Mae Partin, 82, of Portales, died Tuesday, July 12, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born on Oct. 31, 1922, near Big Spring, Texas, to Ima Orene and Jerry Scott Riley. She grew up in Arch and graduated from Portales High School. She married […]

Stokes, Nell

Nell Stokes Services: Have been held. Mrs. Nell Riley Stokes, 88, of Portales died Thursday, March 31, 2005, at Covenant Lakeside Hospital in Lubbock. She was born on March 19, 1917, in Big Spring, Texas, to Ima Orene and Jerry Scott Riley. She grew up in the Arch community at Portales Springs. She graduated from […]

Riley, Ruby

Services: Have been held. Ruby Riley, 74, of Muleshoe, died Friday March 4, 2005, at Parkview Retirement Home in Muleshoe. She was born on March 15, 1930, in Portales, to Mary and J.W. Terry. She was born and raised west of Portales. She married Fred L. Riley on May 4, 1947, in Arch. They made […]

Riley, Patrick Fred

Patrick Fred Riley Services: Have been held. Patrick Fred Riley, 83, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, in Irving, Texas. He was born Feb. 9, 1921, in Big Springs, Texas, to Jerry Scott Sr. and Ima Orene Walker Riley. He married Jean Hancock on Jan. 31, 1953, in Weatherford, Texas. He was preceded in death by […]

Riley, Jewell C.

Jewell C. Riley Services: Have been held. Mrs. Jewell C. Riley, 93, of Clovis, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005, at the Retirement Ranch in Clovis. She was born on May 25, 1911, in Palo Pinto County, Texas, to J. W. and Carrie Morrow. She married T. T. Riley in 1931 in Snyder, Texas. Family members […]

Long, Earl

Earl Long Services: Have been held. Earl A. Long, 80, of Portales, died Monday, Nov. 22, 2004, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born on Jan. 29, 1924, in Colgate, Okla., to Eva and Sanford Long. He served during World War II as a paratrooper in Europe. Following his military service, he married […]

Riley, T.T.

T.T. Riley Services: Have been held. Mr. T. T. (Tommie) Riley, 91, a railroad engineer from Clovis, died June 4, 2004, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock He was born September 3, 1912, in Snyder, Texas to Anon J. and Maudie Spindle Riley. He married Jewell Morrow in 1931 in Snyder and moved to Clovis […]

Suspect, victim were friends

By Janet Bresenham: CNJ Staff Writer William “Cisco” Riley and Roshawn “Sam L” Pitts became best friends after they met in Clovis about a year and a half ago. Both moved here from California and each was an only child, so they found a lot in common, friends said. Now Riley, 31, is being held […]