DA seeks death penalty, Chandler says decision not easy

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office will seek the death penalty against two men accused of killing an elderly Portales couple earlier this year. Jerry Fuller and Stanley Bedford are accused of kidnapping and killing Odis, 70, and Doris Newman, 69, earlier this year in Portales. The bodies of the […]

Man sentenced on molestation charges

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: Freedom Newspapers has opted to withhold some names from this report in an effort to protect the victim’s identity. A Clovis man on Wednesday was sentenced to 33 years in prison for sex acts committed against an 8-year-old girl. Prosecutors allege Derrick Vincent Ervin, 27, married the […]

District given funds for attorneys

By David Irvin The average case load for prosecutors in the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office may be cut by a quarter by July. Before adjourning on Saturday, the New Mexico Legislature granted the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office its request for five additional employees, three of which are prosecutors. Each prosecutor in the District […]

Clovis man pleads guilty to manslaughter

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The second of three men charged in the January 2004 killing of Carlos Murillo of Clovis pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter. Including a one-year firearm enhancement filed by the state, Santiago Calbert, 20, of Clovis faces a maximum of seven years in prison, prosecutors said. Sentencing is scheduled for […]