20-year-old charged in Tucumcari homicide

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Four suspects are charged in connection with the homicide of a Tucumcari woman, New Mexico State Police said Monday. Sgt. Tim Johnson said Randall Jones, 20, of Tucumcari was charged Friday with murder in connection to the July 9 homicide of 33-year-old Shirley Pacheco. Johnson said Jones was also charged with aggravated burglary, unlawful taking […]

Person of interest named in Tucumcari homicide

Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — New Mexico State Police late Sunday named a person of interest in the homicide of a 33-year-old Tucumcari woman. Officers responded to a residence at 11:30 p.m. Saturday on Arapahoe Street in Tucumcari, where they discovered Shirley Pacheco deceased inside of her home, said Sgt. Tim Q. Johnson Initially, police […]

Teen homicide involvement raises concerns

Argen Duncan and Thomas Garcia With a 13-year-old convicted of second-degree murder and a 16-year-old and 17-year-old charged in Sunday’s homicide, there is disagreement as to whether such young people committing violent crimes is an anomaly or a trend. Friday, a Roosevelt County jury convicted 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya of shooting and killing 21-year-old Angel Vale […]

Tucumcari homicide suspect also wanted in Ohio

Freedom New Mexico A man charged in two recent Tucumcari homicides is also wanted in connection with two homicides in Ohio, according to state police. Muziwokuthula “Muzie” S. Madonda is charged with two open counts of murder and tampering with evidence connected to the March 24 shooting deaths of Gabriel Baca, 37, and Bobby Gonzales, […]

13-year-old charged in Vale homicide

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Sharna Johnson A 13-year-old boy charged with murder in the slaying of a 22-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student cannot be charged as an adult. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Monday state statute prevents prosecutors from seeking adult sanctions against DeAngelo Montoya because of his age. Montoya was charged with murder Monday in the July […]

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Police processing evidence in homicide Portales police say they’re still waiting on the state lab for forensic evidence to advance to homicide case of ENMU student Angel Vale. Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry said the state crime lab is analyzing and comparing .22 caliber shell casings and bullets to the rifle a 13-year-old Portales […]

Artesia police investigating Portales grad’s homicide

Freedom New Mexico A former Portales woman is the victim of a homicide in Artesia. Police said Brandy Capps, 32, died at Artesia General Hospital Saturday of at least one gunshot wound. Capps is a 1996 graduate of Portales High School. Eddy County Sheriff Captain Jeff Zuniga said police have a suspect but have not […]

13-year-old charged with burglary in Portales homicide case

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PNT staff Portales police arrested a 13-year-old

Police investigating woman’s death

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Jared Tucker Portales police are investigating the death of a 22-year-old woman found outside her residence in the 1200 block of North Avenue A. Angel Vale, 22, of Roswell was found by co-workers early Thursday evening, Berry said. Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry said the death is being investigated as a homicide because there is […]

Portales police investigating homicide

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By Sharna Johnson A 25-year-old Portales man died of multiple stab wounds Monday night in a fight that spanned more than a block. Marco Bonilla was transported to Roosevelt General Hospital just after 9 p.m. and died of his injuries, Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry said in an e-mail Tuesday afternoon. Police “absolutely” have a […]

Homicide suspect believed to be in Portales

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department is seeking public help locating a homicide suspect believed to be in Portales. Fernando Lopez is wanted for questioning in connection with a homicide case in Carlsbad. Sheriff’s Deputy Malin Parker said

Woman arrested in Clovis homicide

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clifford Webber’s last words as he lay dying of a stab wound to the chest were “I love you,” according to the woman accused of killing him. Robbin Banister, identified as the 37-year-old Webber’s girlfriend, is charged with murder, two counts of tampering with evidence and conspiracy to tamper […]

Police identify homicide victim

Freedom New Mexico A 37-year-old Clovis man is the city’s first homicide of the year. Clovis police Wednesday identified Clifford Webber as the victim found in a vacant house on 14th Street. His death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy performed by a state medical examiner. Police responding to a report of a man […]

Suspect arrested in homicide

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Police believe an argument after a night of drinking led a 24-year-old Roswell man to beat a 51-year-old truck driver to death and dump his body in a ditch east of Clovis. Brandon Barela was arrested Friday afternoon in Roswell and is charged with an open count of murder. […]

‘Person of interest’ sought by police

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A 24-year-old Chaves County man is being sought by the Curry County Sheriff’s office in connection with Thursday’s homicide. Termed a “person of interest”, Brandon H. Barela is from south of Roswell and was recently employed by Double K Testing, according to a press release. Police have not said if Barela is someone they believe […]

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 […]

Clovis homicide suspect in custody

Freedom New Mexico Clovis police today said they now have a suspect in custody for the killing of 54-year-old Elizabeth McAdams at her Lea Street home. Capt. Patrick Whitney said the man is being held by police on unrelated warrants and has not been charged with the homicide. “We believe we have the suspect, we’re […]

Two sought for questioning in connection with homicide

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Police are looking for two persons of interest regarding the Saturday homicide of 54-year-old Elizabeth McAdams in her home on Lea Street, according to a Clovis Police Department press release. Police said Jerry Casiano, 27, and Veronica Galvan, 32, may have information about the homicide. Police do not believe […]

Investigators seek suspects in homicide

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Police are seeking half a dozen suspects they believe were involved in a home invasion turned homicide that claimed the life of a Honduran national in Texico last week. Elvin Osmin Orellanna Rivera died Nov. 25 from a single gunshot during a robbery at a home in the 500 […]

Homicide suspect indicted on murder charges

Freedom New Mexico Homicide suspect Anthony Ray Casillas was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder Friday in connection with the Sept. 25 shooting deaths of a Melrose man and a Lubbock woman, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Casillas, 21, of Clovis is accused of shooting Gary Payne, 52, and Melissa Ward, 36, while […]