Witnesses: DNA evidence lacking

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Expert witnesses testified Thursday there was no DNA, fingerprint or shoeprint evidence at various crime scenes to tie capital murder defendant Stanley Bedford to the 2005 deaths of an elderly Portales couple. Prosecutors walked Noreen Purcell, a DNA analyst with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, through […]

Bedford Trial: Day five. Focus on fire

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The normally pristine home of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales was marked by the blood of Odis Newman and the remnants of an intentional fire, investigators testified Wednesday. Among the charges Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales faces in his capital murder case is setting a fire at […]

Investigator dissects eight crime scenes

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE – A state police investigator spent Tuesday mapping out the night Odis and Doris Newman were killed in 2005. Kevin Massis, who has spent the last six of his 11 1/2 years with the New Mexico State Police in Hobbs as a crime scene investigator, testified at Albuquerque’s District […]

Threat claims leveled

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By Kevin Wilson, Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Prosecution and defense attorneys agreed Monday that prosecution witness Cynthia Peninger was threatened about revealing what she knew about the 2005 deaths of Doris and Odis Newman. They disagreed on who was doing the threatening. The prosecution said it was capital murder defendant Stanley Bedford who threatened Peninger. […]

Fuller testimony key in state’s case

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By Kevin Wilson, Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Jerry Fuller told Albuquerque jurors Stanley Bedford helped him plan and execute a robbery of his aunt and uncle, Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. He also testified that when he realized the Newmans could identify him, it was later Bedford’s idea to kill the couple by burning […]

Defense: Witness has ulterior motive

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Prosecutors spent Friday walking Jerry Fuller through inconsistencies in his statements made over more than two years about his and Stanley Bedford’s involvement in the deaths of an elderly Portales couple. Jurors heard two witnesses in Albuquerque’s District Court Friday, but nearly all of the second day of […]

Fuller testifies against Bedford

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Jerry Fuller said he felt remorse seconds after setting a car on fire with his aunt and uncle locked inside, and characterized an accused accomplice as a drug pusher who’d “try to cheat you constantly.” Fuller, serving a 127-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to murder in connection […]

Tale of Contrast

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The state called Stanley Bedford a plotting killer who even scares people who know him. His defense attorney calls him a guy who gave an acquaintance a ride and got tagged with murder charges when the responsible party wanted to avoid the death penalty. Opening arguments began Thursday […]

Bedford jurors chosen

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — With a series of hypothetical questions, showings of hands and criticisms of popular television shows, a panel of 65 men and women was pared down to 16 jurors in the case of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Wednesday was the final day of jury […]

Murder trial nears its opening

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The family of Odis and Doris Newman is expected to be in Albuquerque from the opening arguments to the final verdict in the case of a man accused in their deaths. It’s a necessary commitment to her parents, daughter Vickie Dixon of Portales said, as opening arguments are set to […]