Tucumcari man found unfit for trial

Thomas Garcia A Tucumcari man was found incompetent to stand trial Tuesday by the 10th Judi-cial District Court in connection with a 2009 homicide. District Judge Albert J. Mitchell ruled that Robert W. “Chief” Wynashe, was incompetent to stand trial for the shooting death of Howard Russell King. King was shot June 1, 2009, while […]

Pacheco homicide suspect released from jail, awaits court date

A suspect in the Shirley Pacheco homicide was released Tuesday from the Quay County Detention Center and now awaits her court date in the Tenth Judicial District Court. According to court documents: •

20-year-old charged in Pacheco homicide (Updated)

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QCS Staff A witness told police 20-year-old Randall Jones admitted to beating a 33-year-old Tucumcari woman with a claw hammer, according to court documents released Tuesday. The documents — sworn affidavits filed by New Mexico State Police investigators — say Shirley Pacheco was found dead July 9, lying in a pool of blood next to […]

Press release: Person of interest sought in double homicide

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Tucumcari – Through the course of the investigation, New Mexico State Police have identified Muziwokuthula (Muzie) Madonda as a person of interest. Madonda was last seen in a 1996 Chevrolet Astro Van with Illinois license plate H188855. If you have any information as to the whereabouts of Mr. Madonda or the vehicle in question, you […]

Police: Shooting suspect arrested in Texas

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Thomas Garcia A man accused of killing two Tucumcari men was captured after U.S Marshals and Texas Rangers got a tip and set up surveillance at a Conroe, Texas, Denny’s restaurant. Deputy U.S. Marshal Cameron Welch said Muziwokuthula “Muzie” Madonda was arrested without incident Monday. “Madonda surrendered quietly,” Welch said. Welch said Texas Rangers had […]

Press release: Tucumcari deaths ruled homicide

Tucumcari – Gabriel Baca, 37 and Bobby Gonzales, 57 both of Tucumcari, NM were found dead in an Eastern New Mexico motel. State Police were called in yesterday evening to take over a scene that ultimately turned into a homicide investigation.

Homicide victim is Tucumcari truck driver

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A homicide victim found in eastern Curry County on Thursday morning is a 51-year-old truck driver from Tucumcari, Ronnie Hittson, said Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller on Friday. Waller said the victim was positively identified by medical investigators. Police records show a truck driver called 911 just before 7 […]

Suspect arrested in homicide

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Police believe an argument after a night of drinking led a 24-year-old Roswell man to beat a 51-year-old truck driver to death and dump his body in a ditch east of Clovis. Brandon Barela was arrested Friday afternoon in Roswell and is charged with an open count of murder. […]

‘Person of interest’ sought in homicide

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A 24-year-old Chaves County man is being sought by the Curry County Sheriff’s office in connection with Thursday’s homicide. Termed a “person of interest”, Brandon H. Barela is from south of Roswell and was recently employed by Double K Testing, according to a press release. Police have not said if Barela is someone they believe […]

Homicide victim believed to be Tucumcari truck driver

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Investigators believe a homicide victim found in eastern Curry County on Thursday morning is a 51-year-old truck driver from Tucumcari. But officers are hesitant to conclusively identify Ronnie Ernest Hittson as Thursday’s victim, Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said, until a full investigation is performed by medical examiners. “At […]