Smith attorney 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 […]

Murder trial postponed as attorneys wait for evidence

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers The murder trial of three brothers charged in connection with a 10-year-old boy’s death will be postponed so that attorneys can receive and review forensic evidence. Prosecutor Andrea Reeb asked District Court Judge Joe Parker to push back the trial that had been scheduled for next month to at least May. […]

Smith indicted for rape, murder, kidnapping

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis dentist James Smith was indicted by a grand jury Thursday for the murder, rape and kidnapping of Laura McNaughton and for three counts of tampering with evidence, according to a release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler said he will make a decision in 90 days on whether […]

Woman arraigned on meth charges

Staff Reports Courtney Timms, one of 15 individuals arrested in a year-long methamphetamine trafficking investigation, stood Monday in federal court in Albuquerque as the last defendant in the case to be arraigned, Assistant United States Attorney Sharon Kimball said. Officials searched eight Clovis locations on Nov. 3-4 as part of the year-long federal investigation into […]

Computer forensics making a difference

Andy Jackson For the last four years, David Usery, 47, has been a man the public doesn’t see — a pivotal person behind thousands of criminal case investigations from the 9th judicial District Attorney’s Office and New Mexico State Police as well as local law enforcement. Usery is the Information Systems Manager for the DA’s […]

Two life sentences given to Clovis man

By David Irvin Dominic Murphy showed no emotion Tuesday when he was sentenced to two life sentences in connection with the 2003 shooting deaths of two Clovis men. He will have to serve 60 years in prison before being eligible for parole, according to state law. Murphy, 26, of Clovis, was convicted by a Curry […]

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 […]

Second person charged with murder

PNT Staff A second man was indicted Thursday of first-degree murder in the death of a woman whose body was found buried in his back yard. Clifford Baca, 20, also faces charges of tampering with evidence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection with the death of 19-year-old Amber Robinson, according to […]

Clovis death investigated as homicide

By Mike Linn Police are investigating the death of an elderly Clovis woman as a homicide, and plan to charge a man today in connection with her death, officials said. Essie Thomas, 75, was found dead in the bathroom of her home at 716 Grand Ave. on Tuesday evening with injuries that led police to […]

Police waiting on DNA evidence

By Kevin Wilson A long wait for DNA evidence is a common point in Portales’ two homicide investigations. Seven weeks after the June 14 stabbing death of Jorge Prado of Clovis, no murder charges have been filed and police are still waiting on results of DNA tests conducted on knives and blood found in a […]