Supreme Court overturns vehicular homicide conviction

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Melrose man convicted in 2004 of homicide by vehicle. A two-year prison sentence for Harry Downey, 75, of Melrose, has been vacated and a pretrial conference is scheduled 8:15 a.m. Jan. 26. Downey was convicted in February 2004 for the […]

Two killed, two injured in St. Vrain crash

By David Irvin Two pickup trucks collided head-on Monday morning near Saint Vrain on U.S. 60/84, leaving two dead and sending two to the hospital with serious injuries, according to a press release from the New Mexico State Police. Russell Dwain Downey, 48, and his son, Levi Downey, 19, both of House, died as a […]

Clovis man gets two years for vehicle homicide

Darrell Maurina A 70-year-old farmer from Melrose on Wednesday was sentenced to two years in state prison for vehicular homicide, despite warnings from his attorney that prison time could be a death sentence. District Judge Stephen Quinn decided to go beyond the Department of Corrections’ pre-sentencing recommendation that Harry Downey receive five years probation with […]

Clovis man found guilty of vehicular homicide

Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com Harry Downey, 70, showed no reaction Friday in Curry County District Court as jurors found him guilty of homicide by vehicle after four hours of deliberation, a verdict that could put him behind bars in state prison for the next six years. Downey, a farmer […]

Jury undecided in vehicular homicide case

Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com The jury in the vehicular homicide trial of Harry L. Downey recessed without a verdict Thursday night after more than two hours of deliberations. Debates about basic facts and the interpretations of those facts have been frequent since the trial began in the courtroom of […]

Obituaries, July 27

Imogene Atchley, 70 Imogene Atchley, 70, of Portales, died Saturday afternoon, July 26, 2003, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Billy Barton, 73 Mr. Billy J. Barton, 73, of Portales, a retired telephone lineman, […]