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, […]

Novak defense probes agents

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Defense counsel for a Cannon Air Force Base airman charged with murder spent Thursday grilling agents from the Office of Special Investigations about their investigation into the death of Kimberly Novak. Special Agent Mark Brashears testified during the second day of Airman Basic Edward Novak II’s Article 32 hearing […]

Defense: Airman’s spouse mistaken target

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Cannon Air Force Base homicide victim may have been the mistaken target of retaliation against a witness in an unrelated homicide trial, defense attorneys allege. An Article 32 hearing that began Wednesday at the base is the second in the case against Airman Basic Edward Novak II. He […]

Victim’s friend details encounter with suspect

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Witness Shelaine Rodich rcounts events of the night before her friend, 19-year-old Amber Robinson, went missing. Robinson’s body was found buried in a back yard in May 2004. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. PORTALES — The trial of Richard […]

Defendant takes stand in slaying trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Homicide defendant Robert Macias took the stand in court Monday, denying any involvement in the shooting death of a 19-year-old city man a little more than a year ago. After brief questioning by defense attorney James Klipstine Jr., District Attorney Matt Chandler grilled the defendant regarding his account of […]

Wife defends Macias at trial

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Defendant Robert Macias, left, reads the transcript of a phone call on Friday with defense attorney James Klipstine Jr., as the conversation is played in court at the Curry County Courthouse. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The wife of homicide defendant Robert Macias told jurors Friday her husband was […]

Witness: Macias did it

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Prosecution witness Daniel Garcia testifies Wednesday at the Curry County Courthouse during the first day of a homicide trial. Garcia testified he was with homicide defendant Robert Macias at time of shooting. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The prosecution’s opening witness testified Wednesday he and homicide defendant Robert “Pelon” […]

Police officer testifies homicide suspect used racial slur

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Homicide defendant Jimmy Bentley, left, and defense attorney Randy Knudson listen to testimony Tuesday afternoon at the Curry County Courthouse. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: The following report contains a racial slur. A Christmas Eve murder suspect used a racial slur when he was taken into custody, […]

Testimony details crime scene

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Airman Edward Novak II told emergency responders he found his wife dead in an upstairs bathroom with her head inside the toilet, according to testimony Tuesday from an agent with Cannon Air Force Base’ Office of Special Investigations. Special Agent Kelly Siler also said Novak told emergency responders the […]

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 […]