Trial set in slaying of motel clerk

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun The case against James Benuska, 39, who was arrested and charged in the slaying of a Tucumcari motel clerk last fall, was bound over Thursday for trial in district court. District Court Judge Don Schutte said there was probable cause to try the case in district court following testimony […]

Burleson trial venue changes

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun The trial of James Burleson, a Socorro fight promoter accused of slaying Jason Pacheco, will be heard in Fort Sumner in De Baca County, said Quay County prosecutor Kirk Chavez. “It’s been a high profile case. I think the Pacecho family and the victim are well-known in Tucumcari. And […]

Man convicted of vehicular homicide

By QCS staff A jury found an Albuquerque man, Steven Chavez, guilty on Wednesday of vehicular homicide under the influence of intoxicating liquors in connection with the death of James Callison, 34, of Tucumcari, according to a press release from the state’s attorney office. The two-day trial was held in U.S. District Court in Tucumcari. […]

Cates given life sentence

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Norman Tyrell Cates, 19, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for the 2004 murder of 65-year-old Lena Aragon Barrett of Roy. A jury convicted Cates in a three-day trial that ended Jan. 11. Cates had pleaded not guilty. The trial was moved from Harding to Quay County due […]

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 […]

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 […]

City police sued in federal court

William Thompson A woman denied employment by Tucumcari police has filed a lawsuit claiming she was a victim of discrimination. Vivian Martinez claims she was not hired because of her former employment as an exotic dancer. Paul Baker, office manager for the law firm Linda G. Hemphill, P.C., which represents Martinez, said her trial began […]

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 […]