House committee considers Ute water legislation

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Rep. Tom Udall said while he remains positive Congress will pass a bill authorizing the Ute Water Project, he has concerns the president might veto it. The bill would authorize federal funding for a $476 million water project proposing to bring water from Ute Lake reservoir to communities in […]

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 […]

Defendant’s ex-girlfriend, father take stand

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The prosecution continued its case Wednesday morning with testimony from five witnesses, including Edward Salas’ former girlfriend and a man who helped hide a gun authorities believe was involved in the shooting of a 10-year-old boy in 2005. Edward Salas is being tried for the first-degree murder of Carlos […]

Teenage girls give testimony during second day of murder trial

Freedom New Mexico Two teenage girls gave testimony for the prosecution Tuesday morning that placed three brothers and two other men at the apartment complex where 10-year-old Carlos Perez was shot and killed more than two years ago. Melissa Sanchez was the first witness in Day 2 of the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas, […]

Prosecution witness rebutts defense’s alternative death theory

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A state forensic pathologist said Friday he stood by his opinion in the first-degree murder trial of a Cannon airman that Kimberly Novak died from blunt force trauma and strangulation. Returning to the stand at the request of the jury, Dr. Russell Alexander disagreed […]

Novak verdict paused pending more testimony

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A state forensic pathologist who testified for the prosecution in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II will retake the stand and offer further testimony. Dr. Russell Alexander is expected to testify Friday morning. In a hearing Thursday morning outside the […]

Jury to begin deliberating

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Jurors will begin deliberating the fate of Airman Basic Edward Novak II today after hearing more than six hours of closing arguments Monday. Novak faces life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder in connection with the death of his wife. Much of their […]

Prosecution rests case in Novak trial

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The prosecution ended its case in the first-degree murder case against Edward Novak II on Friday morning with the testimony of a forensic psychologist, who testified in general terms about memory and how it is affected by trauma. The defense’s first move was to […]

Prosecution rests in Novak trial

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The prosecution ended its case in the first-degree murder case against Airman Basic Edward Novak II on Friday morning with the testimony of a forensic psychologist, who testified in general terms about memory and how it is affected by trauma. The defense’s first move […]

Jury hears conversation between defendant, mother-in-law

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Edward Novak II told his mother-in-law in a taped conversation played in court Wednesday he didn’t recall what happened the night his wife died. Novak, who is accused of killing his wife in October 2004, also could be heard in the same conversation with […]