Jury selection continues in child sex case

QCS Staff Jury selection continued Tuesday for a convicted Curry County sex offender charged with the criminal sexual penetration of a Tucumcari child. Kenneth Leon Mills, 30, is charged with two felony counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, kidnapping and aggravated burglary. According to court documents, officers responded on Aug. 26, 2008, to […]

Death of boy, 2, is under investigation

By QCS Staff The death of a 2-year-old Tucumcari boy is being investigated by the state’s Criminal Investigation Bureau. The boy was transported Friday afternoon to Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital, according to police documents. Because there is an ongoing investigation police would not disclose any details in the case. Criminal investigators are reviewing the […]

November 1963

Ernest W. Lee, 30, of Tucumcari, was the first person to be sentenced in district court under the habitual criminal statute of the new criminal code. …The Bureau of Business Research at UNM reported Quay County’s population grew from 12,300 in 1960 to 13,200 in June 1963. …Bruce Nutt and Darla Schlientz reigned as king […]

Registered sex offender charged in new case

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun A registered sex offender in Tucumcari was charged on Monday with criminal sexual penetration of a 13-year-old girl. Patrick Eugene Otero, 40, was arrested on Saturday and arraigned in Magistrate Court on Monday afternoon where he was charged with eight counts of criminal sexual penetration, eight counts of distribution […]

Kyle Evetts will not have third trial

QCS Staff A Tucumcari farmer and rancher accused of criminal sexual acts whose first two trials ended in hung juries will not be tried a third time, according to a release from the district attorney’s office. Kyle Evetts, who was indicted by a grand jury in February 2004 on nine counts of criminal sexual contact […]

Ex-jailer’s trial begins

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William Thompson: Quay County Sun A former Quay County Juvenile Detention Center guard admitted in videotaped testimony that he had consensual sexual activity with three juvenile female inmates. Robert Gonzales faced his first day of court Tuesday. He is charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and two counts of criminal […]

Sexual contact trial begins

William Thompson Kyle Evetts, the local rancher and farmer charged with nine counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor, finally got his day in court Tuesday as opening arguments were presented in the Quay County Courthouse. Tenth Judicial District Judge Ricky D. Purcell told jurors he expects the trial to be completed by the […]

Sexual contact trial set for Aug 30

William Thompson Local rancher Kyle Evetts will stand trial in Tenth Judicial District Court Aug. 30. Evetts is facing nine counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor. In a pre-trial hearing Aug. 18, Judge Ricky D. Purcell addressed whether testimony regarding the complaining witness’ previous sexual history could be presented in court. “I’m not […]

Ex-jailer faces June jury

William Thompson Robert Gonzales, the Quay County Detention Center employee charged with criminal sexual acts involving minors, is scheduled to appear before a jury in Tenth Judicial District Court June 22. Gonzales was indicted by a grand jury on Feb. 10 on two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and two counts of […]

Local man sentenced to 36 years

William Thompson A Tucumcari man last week was sentenced to 36 years in prison for criminal sexual acts involving a juvenile female. Richard Taylor entered an Alford plea in 10th Judicial District Court on Wednesday. An Alford plea enables the defendant to maintain innocence while admitting sufficient evidence exists to convict. Donald Schutte, Quay County’s […]