Portales man convicted in burning deaths of couple

Odis and Doris Newman
Odis and Doris Newman

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - A Portales man has been convicted today on two counts of first-degree murder in the August 2005 deaths of an elderly Roosevelt County couple whose bodies were found in the trunk of their burned-out car.

The jury will reconvene June 21st to decide whether 43-year-old Stanley Bedford should be executed for the slayings of Odis and Doris Newman.

Bedford also was found guilty of 2 counts each of kidnapping and tampering with evidence and one count each of disposal of stolen property and aggravated burglary.

If the jury doesn't impose a death sentence, Bedford will serve 120 years in prison without the possibility of parole on those counts.

The trial was moved to Albuquerque because of extensive publicity.