Portales man charged in 2009 slaying tested for trial competency

Portales resident Leroy Salaz, charged with voluntary manslaughter in the 2009 stabbing death of Marco Bonilla, is being treated to see if he’s competent to stand trial, the prosecutor on the case said Wednesday. Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover said Salaz was sent to the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute at Las Vegas after a […]

Portales man held on drug charges

PNT staff A Portales man already charged with manslaughter has been arrested on drug charges, according to Portales Police records. Leroy Salaz, 54, was arrested Friday on charges of possession of heroin and possession of methamphetamine, fourth-degree felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, according to a police report. Salaz is awaiting trial for […]

Feb. 13 — Weekly update

Manslaughter trial rescheduled The manslaughter trial of Leroy Salas, charged in the 2009 stabbing death of Marco Bonilla, is waiting to be rescheduled, according to the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. The original trial was set for January but postponed.

Driver charged with felony manslaughter

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The driver of a wrong-way vehicle police say claimed the life of former Portales High three-sport standout Ashleah Richards, is facing felony charges. Jimmey Scott Barnhill of Midland, Texas, was indicted Nov. 19 on one count of intoxicated manslaughter for the death of Richards, 21. Police said on Oct. […]