Suspect in Portales man’s death had a history of mental competency issues

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A Portales man charged this week with murder has a history of mental competency issues, court records show. Isaac Montano II had been jailed since 2007 on drug and alcohol charges. He was released June 25 on bond reduced by District Judge Teddy Hartley while defense attorneys argued he […]

Area mother ordered to remain committed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales mother charged with first-degree murder in the death of her son in January has been ordered to remain in the custody of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas, N.M., pending another competency hearing. Teresa K. Gilman, 25, faces first-degree murder or the alternative charge […]

Richard Baca trial going through more delays

Tony Parra:PNT Staff Writer A competency hearing for a 20-year-old Portales man accused of killing a Portales teen in 2004 was postponed Monday at the request of the defendant’s court-appointed attorney. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn pushed back the date of a competency hearing at least 30 days while Richard Baca’s new attorney, Anna […]