Local DA handling Albuquerque case

Staff and wire reports An Albuquerque man was indicted Friday by an Albuquerque grand jury in a murder-for-hire case being handled by the 9th Judicial District attorney’s office. Earl Scott Robinson, 72, is being held on $1 million bond and is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, criminal solicitation to commit murder, witness intimidation and […]

Baby death pursued as homicide

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Law enforcement officials said Wednesday the cause of death of a 9-month-old girl last week was blunt force trauma and the case is now being pursued as a homicide. At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said a preliminary report from the New Mexico Office […]

Clovis homicide still under investigation

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Curry County Sheriff’s investigator Sandy Loomis said he reviews J.C. Tucker’s homicide file frequently in hopes something will spark a new trail. Tucker, 67, was found shot to death Sept. 4, 2003, at Tucker Auto Sales and Tucker Self-Storage on U.S. 60-84 near Cannon Air Force Base. Loomis, lead investigator […]

Government’s actions miscarriage of power

Editorial One news story painted last week’s conviction of terrorism suspect Jose Padilla as “a significant victory for the Bush administration.” It was far from that. If anything, it was a repudiation of the way the administration handled his case. Padilla, 36, is the former Chicago gang member who converted to Islam and became sympathetic […]

Police investigate altercation in park

PNT Staff Report Portales Police Department officers responded to a call of shots fired near Lindsey Park at 4 a.m. Sunday and found two victims suffering from injuries received in a beating. According to Lonnie Berry of the PPD, the victims, one male and one female, were transported by ambulance to Roosevelt General Hospital. The […]

Court’s pricing decision shows good judgement

Editorial It might not sit well with Wal-Mart, Costco and some Internet retailers. But the Supreme Court’s decision last week to reverse a 1911 precedent and allow what is called minimum retail pricing or vertical pricing — or at least not to conclude automatically that such schemes violate antitrust laws — was a welcome sign […]

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 […]

Imprisonment without charges unconstitutional

Editorial A ruling Monday that President Bush does not have the constitutional authority to detain a legal U.S. resident indefinitely without charges in a Navy brig in South Carolina was narrowly crafted to the facts of the case and studiously avoided discussing prisoners held in similar circumstances at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. But the ruling […]

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 […]

Police seize cocaine

PNT Staff Report Portales Police seized cocaine with a street value of more than $27,000 Tuesday from a city residence. Acting on a search warrant, police found more than nine ounces of cocaine inside a residence at 1213 N. Ave. M. The occupants of the house were not home at the time,, according to a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Interpretation of disrimination law unfounded

One can understand the frustration that led Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to issue her dissent orally, from the bench, last week in the case of Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber. But her argument is properly with the law as written rather than with the court’s majority opinion. If the law offers an insufficient remedy […]

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 […]

Jury selection on schedule in death penalty case

PNT Staff Report Jury selection is still on schedule in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen property. So far, District […]

Telecom ruling bad news for frivolous suits

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court in a 7-2 ruling Monday rejected an antitrust class-action lawsuit brought against Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) and four other phone companies. Basically, the high court decided that before an antitrust case can be brought, there must at least be some evidence beyond what antitrust scholars call “parallel behavior” of […]

Jury selection about halfway finished in death penalty case

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Jury selection is roughly half-finished for the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen property. So far, 9th […]

Murder trial set to start

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers An Albuquerque jury will decide over the next six weeks whether a Portales man is responsible for the deaths of an elderly Portales couple in March 2005. Jury selection starts Monday in the death-penalty case of Stanley Bedford, 43, and lawyers expect to begin arguments May 29, the Tuesday following […]