Adcox sentenced for role in embezzlement scheme

Freedom Newspapers A 22-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday for his role in an armored truck embezzlement scheme. Chris Adcox pleaded guilty to receipt of stolen property, harboring a felon, tampering with evidence and five counts of forgery, according to court records. Adcox was the third and final defendant sentenced […]

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 […]

Smith prison bound

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. Laura McNaughton’s family had strong words for the Clovis woman’s convicted killer during a sentencing hearing Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. Maria Beardmore, the victim’s mother, asked defense counsel to move so she could see James Smith […]

Dentist enters plea

By Sharna Johnston: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis dentist facing the death penalty in connection with the 2005 slaying of a Clovis mother has reached a plea agreement that will send him to prison for at least 57 years. In a barely audible voice from his seat at the defense table, James Smith answered “yes” as […]

New evidence found in death penalty case against area dentist

Freedom Newspapers New evidence was discovered Tuesday in the death penalty case against a Clovis dentist accused of killing a 30-year-old mother of two and leaving her body in a rural ditch, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Members of the Curry County Major Crimes Unit found the evidence during a search at 316 […]

Suspects in Clovis homicide arrested

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A 24-year-old Clovis man has been charged with murder in connection with Monday’s shooting death of a Clovis teen, according to police. John T. Cameron, identified by police as the alleged shooter, was arrested about 3 a.m. Tuesday and charged with an open count of murder and tampering with evidence, […]

Supreme Court’s ‘drug war exception’ endangers privacy

Editorial In Hudson v. Michigan, handed down Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court carved out yet another “drug war exception” to the Fourth Amendment, which was written to protect Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons and homes. Unfortunately, the ruling is likely to lead to more military-style no-knock raids of people’s homes and […]

Novak hearing ends

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The prosecution and defense agreed on one thing at the conclusion of an evidentiary hearing to determine if a Cannon Air Force Base airman should stand trial for murder in connection with his wife’s death: the case hinges on circumstantial evidence. Defense attorney Maj. Shawn Vandenberg told the hearing investigator […]

Clovis man convicted of murder

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Her jaw clenched, eyes shielded behind glasses, the mother of shooting victim Roshawn Pitts sat with arms and legs crossed, nodding her head emphatically Thursday as each guilty verdict was read. William Riley, 33, showed no emotion as his family members shook their heads in disbelief and anger after a […]

Smith lawyer wants evidence

By andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers The attorney representing accused killer James Smith on Monday complained to a district court judge that he’s not received evidence in the case, as required by law. Judge Joe Parker ordered prosecutors hand over the requested information by Friday. District Attorney Matt Chandler said he filed notice with the court […]