Senators hear from former death-row inmate

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican About six weeks before he was to be executed by the state of Illinois, Randy Steidl’s mother went to a cemetery and purchased a burial plot for him. “That’s something a mother should never have to do,” Steidl told a reporter Friday. Steidl came to Santa Fe to try [...]

Roosevelt All-stars headed to Deming

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor For some of the players it will be the third year in a row to participate at a state Little League all-star tournament. For Coach Sammy Villanueva, it’s his fifth consecutive year. Villanueva is hoping all that experience will serve this year’s Roosevelt County 10-11 year-old all-stars well at [...]

Death row rare, lengthy

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers If Stanley Bedford receives the death penalty, he’ll be in exclusive company — New Mexico’s death row — and odds are he’d be there for a while. Bedford was convicted Thursday of two counts each of murder and kidnapping and other charges in connection to the March 3, 2005, deaths [...]

Death row survivor speaks out

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder in 1983, former death row inmate Juan Melendez is devoting his time to speaking out about abolishing the death penalty. “I survived. I’ve always been a survivor,” Melendez, 55, said Wednesday as he related to a small audience at Eastern New Mexico University the [...]

Congress, courts need to take action in death penalty cases

Editorial R obert Charles Comer wants to take responsibility for the murders, kidnapping, robbery and rape he committed nearly 20 years ago at Arizona’s Apache Lake and face the ultimate punishment — state execution by lethal injection. But the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals won’t let him. Instead, a three-judge panel has refused to rule [...]

Libero usage may vary

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Kevin Wilson: Managing Editor The word doesn’t exist in a standard dictionary, but it has a meaning in volleyball. What that meaning is depends on who and when you ask. The word is libero, and it’s one that high school volleyball fans will be more familiar with as the sports season progresses. The libero is [...]