Friend testifies during trial’s first day

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. The trial of Richard Baca, 20, accused of the murder of a 19-year-old Portales woman, Amber Robinson, got under way Monday with the prosecution calling Robinson’s best friend to the witness stand. Shelaine Rodich testified she and […]

Mosier named Rams’ starting QB

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Sports Writer Since seventh grade, Chris Mosier always imagined himself as the starting quarterback for the Portales Rams. Now, he can stop imagining. On Monday, Rams head coach Andy Correll announced the junior will lead the Rams offense for the rest of the 2006 season. “(Chris) has a good strong arm, […]

Rams open with state champ Robertson

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Rams and first-year head coach Andy Correll will unveil their new wing-T offense tonight as they open the 2006 football season on the road, against the best, the defending class 3A state champion Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals. “We’re ready, we’re excited, we’re looking forward to see how […]

Richard Baca trial going through more delays

Tony Parra:PNT Staff Writer A competency hearing for a 20-year-old Portales man accused of killing a Portales teen in 2004 was postponed Monday at the request of the defendant’s court-appointed attorney. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn pushed back the date of a competency hearing at least 30 days while Richard Baca’s new attorney, Anna […]

Obituary for April 21, 2006

Richard M. Snell Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at The Chapel, 1500 Thornton St., Clovis. Richard M. Snell, 71, of Clovis, died Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Aug. 2, 1934, to Marion Matthew and Bertha Ann Martin Snell in Clovis. He was an attorney and practiced law for […]

Portales man pleads guilty in murder case

By Tony Parra A Portales man was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison for his role in the 2004 death of Amber Robinson of Portales. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn sentenced Clifford “Bubba” Baca, 21, after Baca pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and tampering with evidence. A week-long trial had been scheduled to […]

Murder trial set to begin in Portales

Freedom Newspapers The trial of one of the men accused of first-degree murder of a Portales teen girl begins on Monday in the Roosevelt County District Courthouse. Clifford Baca, 21, will be on trial for the murder of 19-year-old Amber Robinson. Clifford Baca is facing charges of first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and contributing to […]

Lawyer Change means further delay in trial

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn granted a public defender’s motion to withdraw as counsel for a 19-year-old Portales man charged in the slaying of a teenage woman in April 2004. Raton attorney Ray Floersheim stepped down as Richard Baca’s lawyer on Friday during a hearing at the Roosevelt County […]

Family of man charged with homicide requests change of attorney

Tony Parra: PNT Staff writer Family members of a Portales man feel he has not been represented well by his attorney in a trial in which he is being charged for the homicide of a 19-year-old Portales girl. Richard Baca, 19, is being charged with the homicide of Amber Robinson. Communication between Baca’s family members […]

Baca pleads not guilty

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A 19-year-old Portales man decided against a plea agreement Monday in court and instead will face a murder trial in connection with the death of a city teen. Baca pleaded not guilty Monday to a first-degree murder charge and two counts of tampering with evidence. He is accused of […]

Pre-trial hearings delayed

PNT Staff Pre-trials for Clifford Baca and Richard Baca were delayed by 9th Judicial Court officials to accomodate judges’ schedules with New Mexico legislators on Monday. The pre-trials were originally scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday for Clifford Baca and 11 a.m. Monday for Richard Baca on Monday. Instead, Clifford Baca’s pre-trail will be at 10 […]

Second man arraigned for murder charge

By Tony Parra A second Portales man was arraigned on first-degree murder charges on Monday in connection with the death of a Portales woman who was found buried in a back yard. Clifford Baca, 20, is accused in the April slaying of Amber Robinson, 19, in the north part of Portales. Baca faces one count […]

Second person charged with murder

PNT Staff A second man was indicted Thursday of first-degree murder in the death of a woman whose body was found buried in his back yard. Clifford Baca, 20, also faces charges of tampering with evidence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection with the death of 19-year-old Amber Robinson, according to […]

Jan. 6 Obituaries

Richard Davis, 67 Mr. Richard Eric Davis, 67, of Portales, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, at his home in Portales. He was born on June 12, 1937, in Elmhurst, Ill., to Helen and Lester Davis. He was reared in Bethesda, Md. where he graduated from Chevy Chase High School in 1955. He went on to […]

Zahn had fun approach to life, family

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Dorothy Zahn was a woman that loved to live. With a fun demeanor, she attracted others with her temperament of friendliness and availability. Zahn was actively involved in her children’s lives as a volunteer chaperone. Debbie Welch, Zahn’s daughter, said she felt fortunate to have a mother like Zahn. “On […]

Baca pre-trial postponed due to evidence delays

By Tony Parra A pre-trial hearing for a Portales murder suspect has been postponed after defense attorneys and prosecutors met with 9th Judicial District Court Judge Stephen Quinn on Friday morning in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The pre-trial hearing for Richard Baca was originally set for Friday. The delay was granted because the prosecuting attorney […]

Bradfutes believe in Mother’s Day every day

By Tony Parra The Bradfutes believe Mother’s Day as a day set aside to appreciate your mother. But if this is the case, the Bradfutes believe every day should be Mother’s Day. Zoe Bradfute raised her three sons, Richard Jr., David and Steven in Portales and stressed the importance of getting an education and believing […]

Obits April 11

Richard E. Brazell, 71 Richard E. Brazell, 71, of Clovis died Friday, April 9, 2004, at Laurel Plains Healthcare Center in Clovis. Service is pending with Chavez Funeral Home in Fort Sumner. Natividad Jimenez, 77 Natividad Jimenez, 77, of Portales died Saturday, April 10, 2004, at home. Service is pending with Wheeler Mortuary in Portales.