Third Salas brother set to go on trial in Clovis for murder

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Jury selection in the first-degree murder trial for a third brother charged in the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy is set to begin Monday in Clovis. Edward Salas, 23, faces life in prison if convicted. The trial is scheduled for five days. Depending on how long jury […]

Arrests made in year-old Clovis murder

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Vassie Salisbury said she had given up hope anybody would be arrested in her son’s homicide after 13 months. However, Clovis police hadn’t given up, and on Wednesday charged three city men with murder in her son’s shooting death. “I feel a lot happier, the 76-year-old Sailsbury said Wednesday […]

Novak jury recesses for day

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Jurors recessed after deliberating for approximately nine hours Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II. They will resume deliberations at 8 a.m. today. If a guilty verdict is rendered, the court will move immediately into sentencing. Novak could face […]

Novak murder trial to begin at Cannon

Freedom New Mexico Staff The military murder trial of Airman Basic Edward M. Novak for the October 2004 death of his wife is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Monday at the Cannon Air Force Base courthouse. Kimberly S. Novak, 20, was found dead Oct. 28, 2004, in the military housing unit the couple shared […]

Convicted killers sentenced in child’s death

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico An attorney for a convicted killer said his client was remorseful about the 2005 shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy and deserved a suspended sentence to give him a chance at rehabilitation. District Attorney Matt Chandler argued David Griego’s remorse meant little since he took no responsibility for […]

Homicide rocks Portales in 2007

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Editor’s note: The following is the second in a four-part series reviewing the top news stories of 2007. This installment deals with April, May and June. A major capital murder trial with some of the most noted attorneys in the state started in late May in Albuquerque and was […]

Rogers man accused of attacking officer

Staff and wire reports A Roosevelt County farmer incarcerated at the Dona Ana County Jail is accused of stabbing a detention officer Tuesday. Authorities are investigating the attack that prompted a three-hour lockdown at the southern New Mexico jail. The officer, Johnny Barrientos, had opened the door to Donald Taylor’s cell to deliver a food […]

Police: Fugitive may be in area

Freedom New Mexico Police believe a fugitive charged in the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy more than two years ago has returned to the Clovis area, according to a press release from Clovis police. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of Noe Torres, 28, […]

Jury returns guilty verdicts

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Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Demetrio Salas faces more than 46 years in prison and David Griego up to 20 years for their roles in the 2005 death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. A Roosevelt County jury returned verdicts against the Clovis men around 2 p.m. Thursday after about five hours of deliberations. Carlos Perez […]

Closing arguments near end in murder trial

Freedom New Mexico The attorney for one of two Clovis men on trial for first-degree murder said even if his client was at the scene during the shooting of a 10-year-old Clovis boy two years ago, his presence alone is not an indication of his guilt. Roger Bargas said during his closing argument Wednesday the […]