Homicide suspect Anthony Ray Casillas surrenders

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By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer Anthony Ray Casillas, a suspect in last week’s double-homicide in Clovis, turned himself in to Roswell police Friday afternoon, according to police. Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said Casillas surrendered at the Roswell Police Department around 2:30 p.m. and requested an attorney. He was arrested on two open counts […]

DA: 2005 homicide suspect attempting to negotiate surrender

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis homicide suspect Noe Torres is trying to negotiate his surrender to authorities, said District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler said Torres contacted his office Tuesday and insisted staff from the Fox TV show “America’s Most Wanted” be included in a conference call. “He knows that we’re very close to […]

Judge: Casillas considering surrender

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Double-homicide suspect Anthony Ray Casillas wants to surrender, according to a Texas judge who said he has been in contact with the suspect’s mother. Moore County Judge Rowdy Rhoades, whose office until three weeks ago was monitoring Casillas twice weekly as part of a pre-trial release agreement, said he […]

Police seek homicide suspect

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Police are seeking a 21-year-old Clovis man in connection with Thursday’s double homicide. An arrest warrant was issued Saturday for Anthony Ray Casillas, charging him with two open counts of murder, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Gary Payne, 52, of Melrose, and Melissa Ward, 36, of Lubbock were shot […]

Homicide victim remembered

Sarah Meyer Friends and family remember Don Chapman as someone who would help anybody with whatever needs they had. He’s also remembered as a man whose life changed three years ago during an extended illness when he accepted Jesus as his personal savior. Scott Reeves of Wheeler Mortuary recounted Chapman’s life Saturday during his funeral, […]

Portales man charged in Monday’s homicide

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 46-year-old Portales man has been arrested in connection with the Monday stabbing death of a 69-year-old man. Police are citing robbery as a motive for the slaying of Don Chapman. A warrant for an open count of murder and robbery was signed by a Roosevelt County judge around […]

Roosevelt County man indicted in 2005 homicide

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County man was indicted Friday in the 9th Judicial District Court in connection with the 2005 shooting death of Causey rancher Jimmy “Bo” Chunn, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. William “Billy” Joe Watson, 44, is charged with accessory to first degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree […]

Friends, family remember homicide victims

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Paula Rodriguez, of Clovis, fought through her tears as she recited a poem of loss and mourning Monday evening at the Clovis-Carver Library’s North Annex. With the help of counselor Charlotte Farkas, she managed to push out words from the poem, “If Tears Can Build a Stairway.” “No farewell […]

Man arrested in Tucumcari slaying

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — State police arrested a man in connection with the death of a 60-year-old employee Wednesday at the Microtel Inn. State Police Sgt. Andrew Tingwall said James Benuska has been charged with an open count of murder in the death of Nancy Archibeque of Tucumcari. Investigators believe she was […]

Clovis teen charged with shooting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis grand jury indicted a Clovis teen Friday on charges of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of his mother’s boyfriend. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Albert Ramirez, 18, is also charged with three counts of tampering with evidence. Eladio Robledo died at Plains Regional Medical Center […]