Family remembers couple

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Family members say the way Doris and Odis Newman were brutally killed left emotional scars that will never heal. Six family members testified Tuesday — one via videotape — during the prosecution’s victim-impact portion in the penalty phase against Stanley Bedford. They all told similar stories about how […]

Penalty phase to begin

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Freedom Newspapers An Albuquerque jury will reconvene today to begin the penalty phase for Stanley Bedford, convicted last week of killing Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. Last Thursday, the jury handed down a guilty verdict for eight charges against Bedford, including two counts each of first-degree murder and kidnapping in connection to the March […]

Bedford takes stand, maintains innocence

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Stanley Bedford told jurors he’s no murderer Monday. Bedford, 43, testified in his capital murder trial that he hates the thought of dead people so much he can’t even attend family funerals, and he certainly wouldn’t have let Jerry Fuller set a car on fire if he knew […]

Prosecution rests

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The prosecution rested its case Friday afternoon in the capital murder trial of Stanley Bedford. The defense expects to do the same thing quickly next week. After a motion to dismiss charges against his client due to lack of evidence was denied, defense attorney Gary Mitchell told Judge […]

Fuller testimony key in state’s case

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By Kevin Wilson, Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Jerry Fuller told Albuquerque jurors Stanley Bedford helped him plan and execute a robbery of his aunt and uncle, Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. He also testified that when he realized the Newmans could identify him, it was later Bedford’s idea to kill the couple by burning […]

Defense: Witness has ulterior motive

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Prosecutors spent Friday walking Jerry Fuller through inconsistencies in his statements made over more than two years about his and Stanley Bedford’s involvement in the deaths of an elderly Portales couple. Jurors heard two witnesses in Albuquerque’s District Court Friday, but nearly all of the second day of […]

Fuller testifies against Bedford

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Jerry Fuller said he felt remorse seconds after setting a car on fire with his aunt and uncle locked inside, and characterized an accused accomplice as a drug pusher who’d “try to cheat you constantly.” Fuller, serving a 127-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to murder in connection […]

Tale of Contrast

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The state called Stanley Bedford a plotting killer who even scares people who know him. His defense attorney calls him a guy who gave an acquaintance a ride and got tagged with murder charges when the responsible party wanted to avoid the death penalty. Opening arguments began Thursday […]

Trial dates set in slaying of Portales couple

By Tony Parra A man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple will go on trial a year from now. District Judge Stephen Quinn on Friday set Stanley Bedford’s jury trial for Sept. 5 through Oct. 13 next year. Bedford, 42, is accused of killing Odis Newman, 70, and Doris Newman, 69, in March. Jerry […]

Indictments handed down by grand jury

By Staff and wire reposts Two men were indicted by a Roosevelt County grand jury Friday in the deaths of Odis and Doris Newman. Stanley Bedford and Jerry Fuller were each indicted on two counts of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in the deaths of the Newmans, District Attorney Matthew Chandler said. Odis Newman was […]

Suspects await grand jury hearing

PNT Staff Jerry Fuller, one of two Portales residents accused of killing Odis and Doris Newman, is back in Portales and awaits a grand jury hearing today. Fuller, 32, had been hospitalized since March 8, when he was shot by police during his arrest. He was airlifted to Covenant Hospital in Lubbock for treatment after […]

City bids farewell to Newmans

By Kevin Wilson Portales said its collective farewell Friday to Odis and Doris Newman. The Newmans loved to eat breakfast at McDonald’s with a group of friends six times a week, and they loved to play marbles and dominoes at the Senior Citizens Center. But most of the funeral service was dedicated to their impact […]

Friends, breakfast part of Newmans’ routine

By Kevin Wilson Those who knew Odis and Doris Newman well said the longtime Portales couple had a routine life they loved. Part of that routine was fishing at Oasis State Park and Conchas Lake, part of it was playing games at the Senior Citizens Center. Before most Portales residents had started their days, the […]

More charges filed

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By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — Additional charges were filed Thursday in connection with last week’s slaying of two longtime Portales residents. Police also have released more details about Tuesday’s shooting that left one murder suspect hospitalized. Stanley Bedford, 41, in police custody since Monday, was charged with two counts of open murder and two counts […]

Cause of death not yet released

By Kevin Wilson Funeral services for Odis and Doris Newman are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, but information about how they died remained limited on Wednesday. Meanwhile, a man accused of killing the longtime Portales residents was still in a Lubbock hospital after he was shot by police attempting to arrest him. The condition of […]

Four suspects caught

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By Kevin Wilson Five days after Roosevelt County officials discovered two bodies in the trunk of a burned car, law-enforcement officials shot a man they believe was involved in the slayings. Officials said Jerry Fuller, 32, of Portales, was in critical condition late Tuesday night at Lubbock’s Covenant hospital after police shot him at least […]

Homicide timeline

Roosevelt County deaths A timeline 10:15 p.m. March 2: Officials said a car belonging to Odis and Doris Newman was at ACCESSBANK in Portales, where someone attempted to use a debit card that belonged to Doris Newman. According to a search warrant filed Tuesday in magistrate court, the person attempted to withdraw $400, but entered […]

Newman case: Four in custody; one shot

PNT Staff Four suspects are in custody, including one who was shot by police, in connection with last week’s suspicious deaths in Portales, officials said on Tuesday morning. A news release from District Attorney Matthew Chandler said a press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. today. Additional information was not immediately available. Portales residents Odis […]

Missing couple described as “good, honest people”

By Tony Parra and David Stevens Jim Good knew something was wrong when his good friends Odis and Doris Newman didn’t show up to the Senior Citizen Center on Thursday. The Newmans, long-time operators of Valley Electric in Portales, have been missing since Wednesday. Human remains were found in the trunk of their car on […]

Little information released on deaths

By Kevin Wilson Two bodies found in a burned car southeast of Portales on Thursday could be identified in two or three days. But law-enforcement officials are not releasing much more information in connection with the case. “It’s strictly in the interest of not interfering with future investigation,” said New Mexico State Police Lt. Jimmy […]