Homicide rocks Portales in 2007

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Editor’s note: The following is the second in a four-part series reviewing the top news stories of 2007. This installment deals with April, May and June. A major capital murder trial with some of the most noted attorneys in the state started in late May in Albuquerque and was […]

Victims’ daughter hopes convicted learns forgiveness

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Though it will continue in the state department of corrections, life goes on for Stanley Bedford. As it will for everybody affected by the conviction of Bedford, 43, for his role in the deaths of Doris and Odis Newman of Portales. Most parties hope some type of lesson […]

Bedford spared death

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Stanley Bedford will not be New Mexico’s third death row inmate. Jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict in the penalty phase of his trial for the 2005 murders of Doris and Odis Newman of Portales. Bedford, 43, will instead serve the 120-year prison sentence imposed last week […]

Family remembers couple

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Family members say the way Doris and Odis Newman were brutally killed left emotional scars that will never heal. Six family members testified Tuesday — one via videotape — during the prosecution’s victim-impact portion in the penalty phase against Stanley Bedford. They all told similar stories about how […]

Closing arguments completed

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Jurors heard the final arguments about how they can and should punish Stanley Bedford for the deaths of an elderly Portales couple. The jury that convicted Bedford, 43, of murder, kidnapping and other charges in the March 3, 2005, deaths of Doris and Odis Newman, is now considering […]

Bedford’s mental evaluation argued

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The defense team for Stanley Bedford finished its mitigation argument Monday, as jurors heard a long day of testimony from family members and a psychiatrist on Bedford’s past and still undecided future. The jury convicted Bedford, 43, nearly two weeks ago of murder, kidnapping and other charges in […]

Judge could limit some testimony

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The jury that will determine Stanley Bedford’s fate has seen nearly 300 pieces of evidence and heard testimony from nearly 40 witnesses – including nine Friday, the first day of mitigation for Bedford. There’s plenty they haven’t seen as well. The instances are more frequent during the current […]

Bedford’s family takes stand

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Nine members of Stanley Bedford’s family testified Wednesday as his defense team began the mitigation period of Bedford’s death-penalty hearing for the March 2005 deaths of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. The defense, which expects to conclude its case Monday, spent Friday talking with family members about […]

Penalty phase will proceed

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque jury on Thursday found murder in the course of kidnapping to be an aggravating circumstance, allowing the state to proceed in seeking the death penalty against Stanley Bedford. If he is given the death penalty, Bedford, 43, would be the third person on New Mexico’s death […]

Jury to consider death penalty

PNT Staff ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque jury will consider the death penalty for Stanley Bedford. One week after finding Bedford, 43, guilty in the deaths of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales, the jury found murder in the course of kidnapping to be an aggravating circumstance for both the Newmans, allowing the state to proceed […]

Penalty phase to begin

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Freedom Newspapers An Albuquerque jury will reconvene today to begin the penalty phase for Stanley Bedford, convicted last week of killing Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. Last Thursday, the jury handed down a guilty verdict for eight charges against Bedford, including two counts each of first-degree murder and kidnapping in connection to the March […]

Death row rare, lengthy

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers If Stanley Bedford receives the death penalty, he’ll be in exclusive company — New Mexico’s death row — and odds are he’d be there for a while. Bedford was convicted Thursday of two counts each of murder and kidnapping and other charges in connection to the March 3, 2005, deaths […]

Attorneys prepare for penalty phase

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A dozen Albuquerque jurors found Stanley Bedford guilty last week of killing Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. The same jury will reconvene Thursday in Albuquerque to determine whether Bedford should die as punishment. The death penalty phase is unlike any other trial in New Mexico, District Attorney Matt Chandler […]

Guilty: Convicted on all eight charges

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A 43-year-old Portales man will face the death penalty in connection with the 2005 deaths of an elderly Portales couple. An Albuquerque jury found Stanley Bedford guilty Thursday on eight charges, including first-degree murder and kidnapping. Jurors will return June 21 to decide whether Bedford should be executed for the […]

Jury to decide between prison, death penalty

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The same jury that on Thursday convicted Stanley Bedford of kidnapping and killing an elderly Portales couple will decide in a second, separate trial whether he should be executed as punishment. After the verdict was read, Judge Stephen Quinn immediately sentenced Bedford, 43, of Portales to 120 years […]

Bedford jury remains out

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque jury will enter its third day of deliberation today in the capital murder trial of Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales. Bedford, 43, faces eight charges, including two counts of murder and kidnapping in connection to the March 3, 2005 deaths of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. The couple […]

Bedford case goes to jury

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The fate of Stanley Bedford now lays in the hands of a dozen Albuquerque residents. Jurors began deliberations about 2 p.m. Tuesday following closing arguments of Bedford’s capital murder trial in District Court. Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with kidnapping and killing Odis and Doris Newman of […]

Bedford takes stand, maintains innocence

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Stanley Bedford told jurors he’s no murderer Monday. Bedford, 43, testified in his capital murder trial that he hates the thought of dead people so much he can’t even attend family funerals, and he certainly wouldn’t have let Jerry Fuller set a car on fire if he knew […]

Homicide case moves toward week two

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — One witness has told jurors Stanley Bedford helped him plan and complete the burglary and murders of Odis and Doris Newman, while a former roommate said she overhead Bedford discussing his role in their home. No physical or DNA evidence placing Bedford at the home or in any […]

Prosecution rests

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The prosecution rested its case Friday afternoon in the capital murder trial of Stanley Bedford. The defense expects to do the same thing quickly next week. After a motion to dismiss charges against his client due to lack of evidence was denied, defense attorney Gary Mitchell told Judge […]