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 […]

Trial for 1993 slaying begins

Jared Tucker Trial began Tuesday in Portales district court of 39-year-old Arnoldo Navarette, who is accused of shooting and killing a man in 1993. Navarette is charged with first degree murder and aggravated battery in the May 30, 1993, shooting death of Rey Ornelas, according to court records. During Tuesday’s testimony, Don Guy, a sergeant […]

Closing arguments expected Monday in Tucumcari attempted murder trial

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Closing arguments are tentatively set for Monday in the trial for a Tucumcari man accused of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend. Earl Moses Ingram, 31, appeared Friday in the 10th Judicial District Court charged with multiple felony charges, including the attempted murder of Amber Simpson, 27, of Tucumcari on […]

Casillas trial breaks until next week

The prosecution and defense finished presenting evidence Friday in the Anthony Casillas murder trial in Portales District Court. Judge Robert Orlik agreed to let the jury break until next week. Closing arguments begin 8:30 a.m. Monday. Casillas, 23, is accused of shooting and killing two people Sept. 25, 2008, in Clovis. If convicted, Casillas faces […]

New trial under way in 2008 Clovis shooting case

Jared Tucker A new trial is under way for Anthony Casillas, 23, who is charged with two shooting deaths in Clovis in 2008. District Attorney Matt Chandler said 911 tapes from the night of the shooting were introduced Tuesday morning as evidence after opening statements. The trial in District Court in Portales is expected to […]

Ticket feature: Events center hosting dog agility trials

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Freedom New Mexico The upcoming Stars and Stripes AKC Dog Agility Trial is sure to be entertaining. Scheduled June 18, 19 and 20 at the Curry County Events Center, the trial will be three days of non-stop competition for dogs from numerous surrounding states. More than 300 dogs are expected to compete daily, with dogs […]

My turn: Fish luring trial and error process

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer There is such a fascination with lure and bait when it comes to catching fish. I’m old fashioned. I use worms and sometimes turkey liver. A fisherman has plenty to choose from these days. If you go to any sporting goods store, you will see a wide variety of […]

Closing arguments start in Chunn murder trial

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Attorneys delivered closing arguments Monday in the murder trial of a Roosevelt County farmer accused of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood member to kill local rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn. By noon, the state and the defense for William “Billy Joe” Watson had spoken before Judge Drew Tatum called for a […]

Closing arguments in Watson trial set for Monday

Freedom New Mexico Closing arguments in the slaying trial of William “Billy Joe” Watson are scheduled for Monday morning. Watson, a Roosevelt County farmer, is accused of hiring low-ranking Aryan Brotherhood member Donald Taylor to kill rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn in 2005. The trial began more than two weeks ago. Defense attorney Gary Mitchell said […]

Opening arguments in murder trial begin

Freedom New Mexico Opening arguments began Thursday in the slaying trial of Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson. Watson is accused of hiring Aryan Brotherhood member Donald Taylor, a Rogers native, to kill Causey rancher Jimmy Bo Chunn, 71, in July 2005 in exchange for providing anhydrous ammonia for methamphetamine manufacture. Taylor has pleaded […]

Murder trial set for Thursday

PNT staff reports The murder-for-hire trial of Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson is scheduled to begin with opening arguments 9 a.m. Thursday in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Watson is accused of hiring Rogers native Donald Taylor — a member of what authorities call the race-based criminal group Aryan Brotherhood — to kill Causey […]