Prosecutors ask for testimony to be excluded

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Prosecutors asked a judge to exclude testimony of a defense psychiatric expert from the murder trial of Jimmy Bentley during a hearing Friday in the 9th Judicial District Court. District Attorney Matt Chandler gave the court several reasons for wanting Dr. Samuel Roll stricken as a witness, including outdated […]

Lied to death: Criminals end up victims

By Leonard Pitts Jr.: Syndicated columnist So I read in the paper where another man is about to be lied to death. The first such story I am aware of was published last year in the Houston Chronicle. It concerned a street punk named Ruben Cantu, who was executed in 1993 for shooting two men, […]

Witness: Robber was calm

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The man who robbed a Clovis bank on Friday morning calmly walked out after leaving what he claimed was a bomb on the counter, according to a witness who asked not to be identified. The device was later determined to be nonexplosive, officials said. The witness, whose identity is […]

Truth exposes fallibility of death penalty

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” — John 8:32 It’s too late for the truth to be of any help to Ruben Cantu. He was executed by the state of Texas 13 years ago after being convicted in a 1984 robbery and murder that […]

Witness: Disrespect inspired shooting

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A witness to Clovis’ most recent homicide told police he saw Robert Macias shoot at Wilfred Salas’ car at least two times just before Salas was killed, court records show. Salas, 19, was killed by a single shot to his head on Jan. 15. Macias is charged with an […]

Police search for shooting suspect

CNJ staff Police are searching for a 29-year-old Clovis man suspected of shooting another man in the face Thursday in the 500 block of East Fifth Street. Police have filed an arrest warrant for Robert Totten for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and intimidation of state’s witness. Police […]

Life, grief inevitable

By Clyde Davis On a very rainy and thunder-smitten Friday night, Good Friday to be precise, Dinky slipped quietly out an open gate and made his way to the place where he had decided to die. Normally he would not have ventured into the dark and the storm. He was, however, as dogs sometimes are, […]

Defense: Witness’ stories deviate

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Prosecutors began their first full day of presenting witnesses on Tuesday in the case of Fernando Garcia, who is charged with murdering Moises Ortiz during a February 2003 dogfight at Ortiz’s home in south Clovis. The defense attempted to discredit a witness of the alleged crime during questioning, […]

Argument ends with man’s death

By Darrell Todd Maurina A 21-year-old Clovis man is being held on murder charges in connection with Monday night’s shooting of two Clovis men, one of whom died at the scene. Mark Madrid faces an open count of murder in connection with the shooting death of Porfirio “Po” Gonzalez, 53, police said. Madrid also faces […]

Police Blotter for 12/17

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 8:15 a.m. Dec. 8, police took a report that a pickup had been stolen late the previous evening. The driver said the pickup, which belonged to his stepfather, was taken while he was getting a cup of coffee at a convenience […]