Hung jury in Martinez trial

Thomas Garcia A Quay County jury was unable to reach a verdict after two days deliberating in the trial of a Tucumcari man charged with child abuse resulting in the death of a 2-year-old Tucumcari boy. Marcos Martinez, 22, sat in the 10th Judicial District Court Thursday as the jury declared they were unable to […]

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 […]

Case expected to be retried because of jury poll

By Thomas Garcia Quay County Sun A Tucumcari man faces a retrial after a juror changed his mind following the announcement of a guilty verdict, a prosecutor said. Patrick Otero, 41, is charged with having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 2005 and 2006, prosecutor Len Walker said. A Quay County jury found Otero guilty […]

Harding teen found guilty in murder trial

By Ryn Gargulinski A Quay County jury on Thursday found a Harding County teenager guilty of murder. Norman Tyrell Cates, 18, was convicted of killing Lena Barrett, a senior citizen from Roy. She was found dead in her home on Dec. 20, 2004, according to a release from the office of Quay District Attorney Don […]

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 […]

Hung jury in trial

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun – Prosecutors express disappointment in outcome. The retrial of Kyle Evetts on child-molestation charges ended in a hung jury Friday. Prosecutor Donald Schutte said he was unsure whether the state could try Evetts again. “We will meet with the judge next week to decide if we can try the […]

Former jailer’s trial ends in hung jury

William Thompson: Quay County Sun Jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict after almost five hours of deliberations following former-jailer Robert Gonzales’ trial on Wednesday. Judge Ricky D. Purcell declared a mistrial. Prosecutor Donald Schutte has six months to retry Gonzales and said he plans on doing so. Gonzales faced two counts of criminal sexual […]

Judge declares mistrial in sexual contact case

William Thompson Around 11:45 a.m. Monday, 10th Juducial District Judge Ricky D. Purcell declared a mistrial in the Kyle Evetts case. Evetts faced nine counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor. The jury could not reach a unanimous decision after almost six hours of deliberation. The jury foreman, Russell Feerer, said the jury was […]

Ex-exotic dancer wins suit against police

William Thompson A federal jury awarded Vivian Martinez $80,000 Tuesday in her lawsuit against Tucumcari Police Chief Dennis Townsend and the Tucumcari Police Department. Martinez claimed she was denied a job with the police department due to her previous employment as an exotic dancer. Martinez said the jury award was a victory for women. “What […]

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 […]