Carter to change sides in courtroom

Freedom Newspapers istrict Attorney Brett Carter has spent 18 years in Roosevelt and Curry County courtrooms working to ensure felons face justice. In about a month he’ll be an adversary to prosecutors. Carter will take over as head of the 9th Judicial District public defender’s office next month, replacing long-time district defender Calvin Neumann, who […]

Man found guilty of EBT theft

By Tony Parra =Ricardo Mendez, 37, of Clovis was found guilty of accessing a computer with the intent to commit a crime and two counts of theft identity on Friday by 9th Judicial District Judge Joe Parker. District Attorney Brett Carter said Mendez was placed on adult probation for four years. Mendez and Julia Tapia, […]

Carter to interview for public defender

By Mike Linn The outgoing district attorney and a longtime public defender are vying for the top position in the district defender’s office, which will become open after Oct. 29. Assistant public defender Jim Wilson, an Idaho native, and District Attorney Brett Carter are scheduled to meet with the state’s top public defender in two […]

Teen indicted in slaying

PNT staff and wire reports A Roosevelt County grand jury has indicted a Portales teenager on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of a Portales woman. Richard Baca, 18, is accused in the April slaying of Amber Robinson, 19. Her body was found in the back yard of the house where Baca lives. […]

Outgoing, incoming DAs plan to work together

By Darrell Todd Maurina Both the incoming and outgoing district attorneys said they want to make the next seven months an effective transition period. Incumbent 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter said he hasn’t yet called his successful challenger, Matt Chandler, but will consult with him as the time comes near for Carter to leave […]

Chandler cruises in DA race

By Mike Linn Voters in Curry and Roosevelt counties chose youth over experience in electing Matthew Chandler as their new district attorney. Chandler earned roughly 62 percent of the 4,057 votes cast and defeated fellow Republican and incumbent District Attorney Brett Carter in Tuesday’s 9th Judicial District election. “It’s been a long four months, but […]

Chandler has fund-raising lead on Carter

By Darrell Todd Maurina Matt Chandler has raised nearly $4,200 more than incumbent Brett Carter in the campaign for district attorney, according to campaign finance records filed Thursday evening. State law requires candidates to file campaign finance reports on May 10 and May 27. Through Tuesday, Chandler had raised $29,007.84 and spent $25,696.03; Carter had […]

Prosecutors say Chandler stretching the truth

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Four prosecutors in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office claim former colleague Matt Chandler is misrepresenting his record in hopes of being elected on June 1. Chandler said information he’s supplied in fliers and in media advertisements is accurate. He called the prosecutors’ comments “disappointing.” “For this to come out […]

Man in Iraq can’t make trial dates

By Darrell Todd Maurina John Schmuck is accused of battery in connection with a Clovis bar fight in November of 2002. He didn’t show up for court in April 2003, he didn’t show up for another court date last week and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. But his supporters say he has […]

Chandler sees “bold, new vision” for office

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Matt Chandler’s opponent says he’s too young and doesn’t’ have enough experience. Chandler says that’s baloney. The 28-year-old Clovis native is ready to be the Ninth Judicial District Attorney — now. Chandler is bringing a full court press at incumbent District Attorney Brett Carter that includes high volumes of enthusiasm […]