DA: Slaying suspects face separate trials

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker entered a plea of not guilty and assigned a public defender to one of the two men accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Jerry Fuller, 32, of Portales was arraigned Monday in front of Parker on two counts of capital murder in […]

Indictments handed down by grand jury

By Staff and wire reposts Two men were indicted by a Roosevelt County grand jury Friday in the deaths of Odis and Doris Newman. Stanley Bedford and Jerry Fuller were each indicted on two counts of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in the deaths of the Newmans, District Attorney Matthew Chandler said. Odis Newman was […]

Suspects await grand jury hearing

PNT Staff Jerry Fuller, one of two Portales residents accused of killing Odis and Doris Newman, is back in Portales and awaits a grand jury hearing today. Fuller, 32, had been hospitalized since March 8, when he was shot by police during his arrest. He was airlifted to Covenant Hospital in Lubbock for treatment after […]

Affidavit gives further details on case

By Kevin Wilson Odis and Doris Newman were alive when they were locked in the trunk of their car, according to court documents. Their bodies were found March 3 in the trunk of their burned vehicle. Details of their deaths were found in an arrest affidavit filed Friday in the case against one of the […]

More charges filed

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By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — Additional charges were filed Thursday in connection with last week’s slaying of two longtime Portales residents. Police also have released more details about Tuesday’s shooting that left one murder suspect hospitalized. Stanley Bedford, 41, in police custody since Monday, was charged with two counts of open murder and two counts […]

Shootings resonate with officers

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By David Irvin Three Clovis police officers involved in shooting a murder suspect this week will probably be back at work this weekend or by Monday at the latest, Chief Bill Carey said. Officials said Officers Roger Dial and Mike Harmer and Agent Robbie Telles all discharged their weapons when Jerry Fuller approached them in […]

Cause of death not yet released

By Kevin Wilson Funeral services for Odis and Doris Newman are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, but information about how they died remained limited on Wednesday. Meanwhile, a man accused of killing the longtime Portales residents was still in a Lubbock hospital after he was shot by police attempting to arrest him. The condition of […]

Four suspects caught

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By Kevin Wilson Five days after Roosevelt County officials discovered two bodies in the trunk of a burned car, law-enforcement officials shot a man they believe was involved in the slayings. Officials said Jerry Fuller, 32, of Portales, was in critical condition late Tuesday night at Lubbock’s Covenant hospital after police shot him at least […]

Homicide timeline

Roosevelt County deaths A timeline 10:15 p.m. March 2: Officials said a car belonging to Odis and Doris Newman was at ACCESSBANK in Portales, where someone attempted to use a debit card that belonged to Doris Newman. According to a search warrant filed Tuesday in magistrate court, the person attempted to withdraw $400, but entered […]

Suspects arrested in Newman case

Three men and one woman are in police custody in connection with last week’s deaths of Odis and Doris Newman. The following profiles of the suspects were compiled by Freedom Newspapers Staff Writer David Irvin. Jerry Fuller Age: 32 Residence: Portales Charge: Two open counts of murder Bond: None Fuller is hospitalized at Covenant hospital […]

Fuller, Chavez face off for court spot

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Democrat Edward Chavez, 47, of Albuquerque, and Republican Ned Fuller, 38, of Albuquerque, will face each other in November for a seat on the New Mexico Supreme Court.   Q: What experience do you bring to the table? A: Chavez — Before being appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson in March […]

Church hopes to draw more families

Darrell Todd Maurina Calvary Baptist Church of Portales normally has about 50 people attending services, but its interim pastor, the Rev. Bobby Fuller, hopes to have three times that number this Sunday. According to a church press release, July 20 will be “Family Roll Call Sunday” for the church. Each member family at Calvary Baptist […]

Obits 08

Joseph Brown, 74 Joseph William “Jake” Brown, 74, of Jal, died Monday, May 5, 2003, at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas. He was born on Dec. 1, 1928, in Cogar, Okla., to Myrtie and John Brown. He was a 1947 graduate of Floyd High School. He married Coralie Nell Mullins on Feb. 5, 1953, […]