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 [...]

Jury hears closing arguments

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Jurors will begin deliberating this morning after nearly six hours of closing arguments Wednesday in the first-degree murder trial of two Clovis men. While defense attorneys argued evidence was insufficient against their clients, prosecutor Matt Chandler asked jurors to weigh the partnership of five individuals he said planned and [...]

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 [...]

Defendant’s mother takes stand

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The defense began its case Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of two Clovis men by calling the mother of one of the defendants. Lisa Salas testified she saw her sons, Demetrio and Orlando Salas, in bed the night Carlos Perez was killed while he slept. Demetrio Salas, 21, [...]

Jury hears mother’s pleas on 911 tape

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A state firearms expert testified Monday during the first-degree murder trial of two Clovis men she could not say for certain if guns displayed in the courtroom were used in the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy. Alison Quereau, a Department of Public Safety firearms expert with the state forensic [...]

Victim’s brother takes stand

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Ruben Perez described to a Roosevelt County jury how he held his little brother and tried to stop the blood from a gunshot wound to the 10-year-old’s head while waiting for ambulance crews to arrive. Carlos Perez died later that day at a Lubbock hospital. Ruben Perez, 19, testified [...]

Band prepares for upcoming year

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Pride, Dedication and Excellence is the motto for the Portales High School Ram Band. Under new leadership, the band is already on the fast track for a busy year. Former band director Brandon Boerio left to pursue a job with Clovis Schools, moving assistant director Cindy Stone up to [...]

Escapee caught in Texas

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers An escaped inmate from the Curry County Adult Detention Center was arrested Thursday without incident in Dimmitt, Texas, according to Dimmitt police. Guadalupe Rodriguez, 29, was arrested by local police about 8:30 a.m. (CST) at a Dimmitt hotel, according to police. “We knocked on the door and that’s when we [...]

Shooting case difficult for investigators one year later

Freedom Newspapers At the edge of Sgt. Dan Aguilar’s desk are two cardboard expanding files stuffed with papers to the point of bursting. They are the case files for 10-year-old Carlos Perez, who died a year ago Friday while sleeping in his bed. He said he put the files away several times, but then something [...]

Family, friends gather to remember shooting victim

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Her head cradled by the shoulder of another woman, low moans rolled from Lupe Perez. This day last year, her 10-year-old son was slain while asleep in his bed. On the anniversary of Carlos Perez’ death, the grief carried by his family, friends and classmates is still raw. To honor [...]