State Police search for sixth suspect in homicide

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Courtesy Photo Dennis Joseph Hendren 36 , of Tucumcari is being sought by State Police in connection to Pacheco’s homicide. QCS Staff State police have arrested a fifth suspect and are asking the community for help in locating a sixth suspect in connection with the slaying of 33-year-old Shirley Pacheco, said Sgt. Tim Johnson. Henry […]

Witness: 20-year-old admitted to slaying

Freedom New Mexico A witness told police 20-year-old Randall Jones admitted to beating a 33-year-old Tucumcari woman with a claw hammer, according to court documents released Tuesday. The documents — sworn affidavits filed by New Mexico State Police investigators — say Shirley Pacheco was found dead July 9, lying in a pool of blood next […]

Trial for 1993 slaying begins

Jared Tucker Trial began Tuesday in Portales district court of 39-year-old Arnoldo Navarette, who is accused of shooting and killing a man in 1993. Navarette is charged with first degree murder and aggravated battery in the May 30, 1993, shooting death of Rey Ornelas, according to court records. During Tuesday’s testimony, Don Guy, a sergeant […]

Teen charged in ENMU student’s slaying

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Courtesy photo ENMU student Angel Vale of Roswell was shot three times in a side yard of her home July 22. Sharna Johnson A 13-year-old boy charged with murder in the slaying of a 22-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student cannot be charged as an adult. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Monday state statute prevents […]

Chunn slaying became tale of conspiracy

Freedom New Mexico When Jimmy Bo Chunn’s body was found in his rural Causey home, no one could have guessed the story of the rancher’s shooting would turn into a twisted tale of conspiracy, a white supremacy group and murder for hire. Five years later, Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson — accused of […]

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 […]

Closing arguments in slaying trial set for Monday

Freedom New Mexico Closing arguments in the slaying trial of William “Billy Joe” Watson are scheduled for Monday morning. Watson, a Roosevelt County farmer, is accused of hiring low-ranking Aryan Brotherhood member Donald Taylor to kill rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn in 2005. The trial began more than two weeks ago. Defense attorney Gary Mitchell said […]

Trial begins in Roosevelt slaying

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Opening arguments began Thursday in the slaying trial of Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson. Watson is accused of hiring Aryan Brotherhood member Donald Taylor, a Rogers native, to kill Causey rancher Jimmy Bo Chunn, 71, in July 2005 in exchange for providing anhydrous ammonia for methamphetamine manufacture. […]

Man arrested in 1993 Roosevelt County slaying

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Courtesy of Ector County Sherrif’s Office Arnoldo Navarrette was arrested Thursday near Odessa, Texas and charged with murder and aggravated battery in the shooting death of Reynaldo “Rey” Ornelas Sr. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico A 38-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the 1993 shooting death of Reynaldo “Rey” Ornelas Sr. in […]

Editorial: Strong opinions are lifeblood of free society

Whatever one may think of his occupation, the slaying of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller — in church no less — was a heinous and disgusting act. The person who did it and anyone who condoned the act, even indirectly or with a “got what was coming to him” wink and nod, has forfeited the […]

Police waiting on DNA evidence in slaying investigation

CNJ Staff Three weeks after the slaying of a 52-year-old Clovis woman, police are still waiting on lab results for DNA evidence before charging a suspect they have in custody. Friday, Clovis Capt. Patrick Whitney said items of evidence in the case are at a state crime lab waiting to be tested. “We’re down the […]

Standoff ends without incident

CNJ Staff A standoff

Suspect arraigned in motel slaying

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Linda Bentley talks with defense attorney Randy Knudson after Bentley’s husband, homicide suspect Jimmy Bentley, was arraigned Wednesday in Magistrate Court. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Prosecutor Matt Chandler said in court Wednesday the Christmas Eve slaying of a 48-year-old black man may have been racially motivated. The defense attorney […]

Dentist arrested in Clovis homicide investigation

Forensic evidence led to the arrest this morning of local dentist James Smith in the slaying of Laura McNaughton, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Smith, who practiced dentistry in Clovis and Portales, is being held at Curry County Adult Detention Center on an open count of murder, Chandler said. Police issued a […]

Cops & courts: Schools receive payment for contract dispute

Clovis schools recently received a one-time payment of $35,000 after a settlement was reached over a beverage contract dispute. The settlement, signed in November and released to the Clovis News Journal last week, was made after officials said Clovis schools was owed about $42,000 in commissions from a 2000 contract with PepsiCo. The contract was […]

Man indicted in connection with slaying: Cops and Courts

A Curry County grand jury on Friday indicted Larry “Jake” Lucero, 38, of Clovis, in connection with the Dec. 26 slaying of 75-year-old Essie Thomas, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. The grand jury charged Lucero with first-degree murder; kidnapping; and armed robbery, the release shows. The case against Dwight Wagner, […]

Shooting suspect arrested

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Byron Logan By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis police arrested two men late Friday evening in connection with last month’s slaying of a 31-year-old Clovis man. Byron Logan, 22, of Clovis, was arrested without incident at his residence and is charged with an open count of murder in the death of Tony Parker. Parker […]

Clovis man stabbed to death

By Kevin Wilson: FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS PORTALES — An altercation late Sunday night left one dead and at least four injured in north Portales, police said. Portales police Capt. Lonnie Berry said Jorge Prado of Clovis was taken to Roosevelt General Hospital, where he died of a single stab wound to the chest shortly after midnight. […]