Clovis’ Wiggins found not guilty in murder trial

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By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Minutes after a jury found his client Lonzell Wiggins of Clovis not guilty of murder, defense attorney Jesse Cosby was asked if there might be another suspect. “Close your eyes and pick someone at random,” said Cosby, flanked by a dozen Curry County Sheriff’s deputies standing by for security […]

Portales man charged in 2009 slaying tested for trial competency

Portales resident Leroy Salaz, charged with voluntary manslaughter in the 2009 stabbing death of Marco Bonilla, is being treated to see if he’s competent to stand trial, the prosecutor on the case said Wednesday. Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover said Salaz was sent to the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute at Las Vegas after a […]

Casey Anthony not guilty

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony was found not guilty Tuesday of killing her 2-year-old daughter in a case that captivated the nation as it played out on national television from the moment the toddler was reported missing three years ago. Anthony, 25, wept as the judge read the verdict, which jurors reached after less […]

Investigator recounts boy’s interview during trial

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Argen Duncan Defendant DeAngelo Montoya repeatedly denied entering the victim’s home and yard and stealing items before admitting to the acts during an interview soon after the shooting, a district attorney’s office investigator said. The testimony came Thursday during the third day of Montoya’s trial. The 13-year-old is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated burglary, two […]

Trial update: Expert says one of three shots fatal for ENMU student

The prosecution in the murder trial of 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya spent most of Thursday morning questioning key scientific experts in attempt to link the defendant to the death of Angel Vale, 21. A DNA expert testified evidence obtained from one of two plastic cups found in a shed near the scene of the July 22 […]

Teen’s trial set to begin

The murder trial of DeAngelo Montoya, the teenager charged in the shooting death of 22-year-old Angel Vale last summer, is scheduled to begin Tuesday. Vale, an Eastern New Mexico University student, was found shot to death in her yard July 22. Montoya was charged with her murder and with burglarizing her house. Police said he […]

March 20 — Weekly update

Teen’s trial scheduled DeAngelo Montoya, the teenage boy accused of fatally shooting Eastern New Mexico University student Angel Vale, is scheduled to go to trial April 12, according to the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Montoya was charged with murder in August 2010 after police investigated Vale’s July death. He had been incarcerated at Curry […]

Feb. 13 — Weekly update

Manslaughter trial rescheduled The manslaughter trial of Leroy Salas, charged in the 2009 stabbing death of Marco Bonilla, is waiting to be rescheduled, according to the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. The original trial was set for January but postponed.

Jan. 2 — Weekly update

Alisa Boswell Charged teen being evaluated DeAngelo Montoya, the 13-year-old boy charged in the shooting death of 22-year-old Angel Vale this summer, is undergoing evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial, Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer said. No court dates are scheduled at this time.

Press release: Max sentence given in 1993 murder

Portales, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that Arnoldo Navarette, age 40, was sentenced to the maximum time allowed by law today for his convictions of First Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. The charges stem from the 1993 shooting death of Portales resident, Reynaldo Ornelas, Sr. Navarette was found […]