Robert Macias found guilty of first-degree murder

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Sharna Johnson For a second time, 12 Curry County jurors have found Robert “Pelon” Macias, 35, guilty of first-degree murder in the 2006 shooting of Wilfred Salas Jr. The verdict in a five-day trial was returned after 9:30 p.m. Friday, following about two-and-a-half hours of deliberations. “I’m just happy. That’s all I can say, I’m […]

Birthdays — Oct. 17

Castillo John Castillo of Clovis celebrated his 40th birthday 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at home. He was born Oct. 12, 1970, in Muleshoe. The celebration was hosted by his sister, April Macias aka “Fraggle.” He has four children. Your sister loves you so much and wishes you the best birthday ever. May the good Lord […]

Birthdays — Oct. 3

Macias Gus Macias of Clovis celebrated his 18th birthday 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27, 2010, at 921 Adams Rd. He was born Sept. 27, 1992, in Clovis. The celebration was hosted by his family. He has one daughter. His family, especially his daughter, Lisa Maria Macias, would like to wish him a very happy birthday. We […]

Macias’ murder conviction overturned

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico’s supreme court has overturned convictions of a Clovis man for a 2006 murder. In a unanimous decision issued Tuesday, the court ruled that hearsay evidence was improperly allowed into the trial of Robert Macias, who was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder in the killing […]

Play written by Portales native showing at ENMU

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico In more than one way, Leonard Madrid has come home. The Portales native, now a graduate student at the University of New Mexico, is the author of Eastern New Mexico University’s current showing, “Perla de Luna.” Also, the play gives him a chance to return to Portales every time […]

Defense attorney seeks new trial

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The defense attorney for a 31-year-old Clovis man convicted of first-degree murder contends his client’s rights were violated when police recorded his phone conversations from jail without his knowledge, according to court records. James Klipstine Jr. filed a six-page motion Thursday in the 9th Judicial District Court asking for a […]

Macias found guilty of murder

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Wilfred Salas Jr.’s family members put their arms around each other and leaned their heads together as the jury’s verdict was read. Robert Macias, 31, was found guilty of first-degree murder and shooting at a motor vehicle, Judge Joe Parker told a crowded courtroom Tuesday in the 9th Judicial District […]

Homicide defendant takes witness stand

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Homicide defendant Robert Macias took the stand in court Monday, denying any involvement in the shooting death of a 19-year-old city man a little more than a year ago. After brief questioning by defense attorney James Klipstine Jr., District Attorney Matt Chandler grilled the defendant regarding his account of events […]

Wife defends Macias

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The wife of homicide defendant Robert Macias told jurors Friday her husband was with her at a friend’s house the night Wilfred Salas Jr. died. District Attorney Matt Chandler challenged her story and the fact she had dodged investigators as the third day of the first-degree homicide trial in the […]

Witness takes stand in Macias trial

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The prosecution’s opening witness testified Wednesday he and homicide defendant Robert “Pelon” Macias shot at a vehicle being driven by Wilfred Salas Jr. in the early morning hours on Jan. 15, 2006, in Clovis. “I shot a round — to this day I can’t tell you why,” Daniel Garcia said. […]