Closing arguments next in Salas trial

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico Lawyers will deliver closing arguments this morning in the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas, accused in the 2005 shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. The prosecution rested its case Thursday afternoon, and the defense followed suit after nearly three hours of testimony in a Curry County courtroom […]

Prosecution and defense rest in homicide trial

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Lawyers will deliver closing arguments this morning in the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas, accused in the 2005 shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. The prosecution rested its case Thursday afternoon, and the defense followed suit after nearly three hours of testimony in a Curry County courtroom […]

Jury to deliberate Friday

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer

Edward Salas trial begins in Clovis

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Ruben Perez, the person police have said was the intended target of the shooting that took his 10-year-old brother’s life, was the first witness to take the stand Monday in the first-degree murder trial of a Clovis man. He detailed the events of Sept. 14, 2005, the day leading […]

Arrests made in year-old Clovis murder

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Vassie Salisbury said she had given up hope anybody would be arrested in her son’s homicide after 13 months. However, Clovis police hadn’t given up, and on Wednesday charged three city men with murder in her son’s shooting death. “I feel a lot happier, the 76-year-old Sailsbury said Wednesday […]

Texas Women’s zaps Zias by 20

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s women had matchup problems Thursday night. Big-time. Concerned with Texas Woman’s inside game, led by 6-foot junior post Renee Renz, the Zias opted for a 2-3 zone defense. The Pioneers, shooting just under 30 percent for the season from long range, torched it with 12-of-21 […]

Police: Fugitive may be in area

Freedom New Mexico Police believe a fugitive charged in the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy more than two years ago has returned to the Clovis area, according to a press release from Clovis police. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of Noe Torres, 28, […]

Accused shooter enters plea before Monday trial

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A man accused of shooting a Clovis teen during a dispute pleaded guilty Friday to voluntary manslaughter and will serve more than eight years in prison, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. John Cameron, 26, was scheduled to go to trial Monday for second-degree murder in connection with the […]

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 […]

Salas: Younger brother responsible

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Demetrio Salas took the stand in his defense Tuesday and told jurors he was at home asleep when his younger brother accidentally shot and killed Carlos Perez. Salas testified he didn’t tell law enforcement his story about the night of the shooting because he didn’t want his little brother, […]

Witnesses discuss weapon

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A man originally charged with tampering with evidence in the trial involving the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy testified Friday in the district courtroom in Portales about helping hide a gun and a vehicle, as well as an early morning visit from the defendants in the case. […]

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 […]

Clovis teen charged with shooting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis grand jury indicted a Clovis teen Friday on charges of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of his mother’s boyfriend. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Albert Ramirez, 18, is also charged with three counts of tampering with evidence. Eladio Robledo died at Plains Regional Medical Center […]

One man dead in Clovis shooting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A 39-year-old Clovis man is dead and police are searching for an armed suspect who fled the scene following a shooting around 1:40 p.m. Thursday. Eladio Valdez Robledo died at Plains Regional Medical Center around 2 p.m., Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. An arrest warrant for Albert Ramirez, 18, […]

Tucumcari man charged with murder

Freedom Newspapers A 24-year-old Tucumcari man, Phillip J. Latham, has been charged with murder in connection with Tuesday’s shooting death of Tiffany Throckmorton, according to a news release from the Tucumcari Police Department. Latham, who lives on South Seventh Street, is charged with murder, tampering with evidence and possession of a firearm, the release said. […]

Campus massacre: Gunman kills 32, self at Virginia Tech

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By Sue Lindsey; The Associated Press BLACKSBURG, Va. — A gunman massacred 32 people at Virginia Tech in the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history Monday, cutting down his victims in two attacks two hours apart before the university could grasp what was happening and warn students. The bloodbath ended with the gunman committing […]

Portales heading to quarters

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Portales Lady Rams used long-range shooting and stifling defense to punch their ticket to a 25th consecutive Class 3A state quarterfinals appearance. Senior shooting guard Briana Hernandez poured in 23 points, including six 3-pointers, as the defending state champions overwhelmed Cobre 74-31 in a first-round game of the […]

Police: Portales man out on bail after shooting

PNT Staff A 22-year-old Portales man is out on bail after being arrested Friday for shooting at an occupied motor vehicle in Portales, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office. Ollie Fitts admitted to firing four shots from a 22-caliber rifle Thursday night at Marcus Martin, who was driving a 2002 […]

Lady Rams regress at Roswell

PNT Staff Writer The Roswell Lady Coyotes handed the Portales girls a 52-39 loss Tuesday evening at Roswell High School. The Lady Rams managed only 12 points in the first half, making just two of 16 shots attempted. Portales head coach Brenda Gomez says the Lady Rams poor shooting was key in the defeat. “We […]

Defense attacks witnesses’ character

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Defense attorney James Klipstine Jr. spent much of Thursday attempting to chip away at the credibility of a parade of prosecution witnesses in the first-degree murder trial of a 31-year-old Clovis man. Testimony began with the cross-examination of the prosecution’s key witness, Daniel Garcia, who testified Wednesday he and defendant […]