Family mystery may never be solved

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clifford Webber’s badly decomposed body was discovered on Tuesday morning in an abandoned home on Clovis’ West 14th Street. Police soon arrested his girlfriend and charged her with stabbing him in the chest. But Webber’s death is not the only one on his family members’ minds today. It has [...]

Woman arrested in Clovis homicide

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clifford Webber’s last words as he lay dying of a stab wound to the chest were “I love you,” according to the woman accused of killing him. Robbin Banister, identified as the 37-year-old Webber’s girlfriend, is charged with murder, two counts of tampering with evidence and conspiracy to tamper [...]

Police preparing for arrest

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis police are preparing to charge someone for killing 37-year-old Clifford Webber. “We’re currently working on warrants… to charge somebody in this young man’s death,” Police Chief Steve Sanders said Thursday. Sanders said he could not speculate on how quickly the warrants would be served. He also declined to [...]

Oct. 27, 1944

W. T. Meador and his son Clifford harvested 620 bushels of sweet potatoes, the largest

Baca given max sentence

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By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers District Judge Steven Quinn sentenced 20-year-old Richard Baca to 21 years in prison Friday on charges connected with the 2004 death of Amber Robinson of Portales. Baca was convicted March 7 by a jury in a Portales courtroom of second-degree murder and two counts of third-degree evidence tampering. Quinn had [...]

Friend testifies during trial’s first day

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. The trial of Richard Baca, 20, accused of the murder of a 19-year-old Portales woman, Amber Robinson, got under way Monday with the prosecution calling Robinson’s best friend to the witness stand. Shelaine Rodich testified she and [...]

Murder trial set to begin in Portales

Freedom Newspapers The trial of one of the men accused of first-degree murder of a Portales teen girl begins on Monday in the Roosevelt County District Courthouse. Clifford Baca, 21, will be on trial for the murder of 19-year-old Amber Robinson. Clifford Baca is facing charges of first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and contributing to [...]

Trial date set for May

By Tony Parra A trial date has been set for one of two Portales brothers accused in the April slaying of 19-year-old Amber Robinson. Richard Baca, 18, will go to trial May 16-25, on charges of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence, senior prosecutor Donna Mowrer said. Clifford Baca, 20, also appeared Thursday before 9th [...]

Pre-trial hearings delayed

PNT Staff Pre-trials for Clifford Baca and Richard Baca were delayed by 9th Judicial Court officials to accomodate judges’ schedules with New Mexico legislators on Monday. The pre-trials were originally scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday for Clifford Baca and 11 a.m. Monday for Richard Baca on Monday. Instead, Clifford Baca’s pre-trail will be at 10 [...]

Baca pre-trial postponed due to evidence delays

By Tony Parra A pre-trial hearing for a Portales murder suspect has been postponed after defense attorneys and prosecutors met with 9th Judicial District Court Judge Stephen Quinn on Friday morning in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The pre-trial hearing for Richard Baca was originally set for Friday. The delay was granted because the prosecuting attorney [...]