Clovis man pleads gulity in deadly shooting

Freedom New Mexico A 63-year-old man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of a Clovis woman. James Fitzpatrick faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. Sandra Bousquet, 36, died March 3, 2010, one month after she was shot in the neck at her Clovis residence in the […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Politics, dual credit and the death penalty

It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday morning briefing. Politics A couple of things… Republican candidate for governor Doug Turner is in town for a meet-and-greet 9 a.m. today at Dave’s Coffee, 1404 Mabry. Also, Congressman Ben Ray Luj

Wednesday morning briefing: From hunting to the death penalty

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday morning briefing.

Family opted not to seek death penalty for daughter’s sake

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico “She usually found what she thought to be the underdog of things… I’m sure she would have defended the guy and his actions.” And that was Elizabeth in a nutshell. Her dark hair, big brown eyes and huge smile were those of a tough advocate who would jump to […]

Death penalty allowed in Roosevelt murder case

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A District Court ruling has allowed prosecutors to seek the death penalty in the case of a Roosevelt County man accused of contracting the 2005 shooting death of a county rancher. Tuesday in District Court, Judge Drew Tatum ruled there is probable cause to believe an aggravating circumstance, namely […]

Death penalty case decision expected today

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A district court judge plans to review more evidence and listen to closing arguments before making a decision on whether there is sufficient evidence for prosecutors to seek the death penalty against a Roosevelt County farmer. In a district court hearing Monday, Judge Drew Tatum listened to arguments from […]

Roosevelt farmer still faces death penalty

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Even though the death penalty was repealed in New Mexico, a Roosevelt County farmer accused of arranging a murder-for-hire still faces possible execution. Prosecutors filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty against William “Billy Joe” Watson last August. Watson is accused of conspiring with the Aryan […]

State legislature adjourns

What passed (Bills already signed by Gov. Bill Richardson have been noted.): * Death penalty: HB285 repeals the death penalty and establishes life in prison without parole as the state’s maximum sentence. It was signed into law by the governor. * Open conference committees: HB393 opens to the public conference committees — meetings in which […]

Life-in-prison sentence OK legislation

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist The question of the death penalty has divided our nation for a long time. It’s not likely that Gov. Bill Richardson’s signature on legislation banning the death penalty will end the struggle. New Mexico will become the second state to ban the death penalty since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstituted […]