Saturday’s Top Morning Headlines

12-year-murder case cracked 

Deputies in Eastern New Mexico have cracked a 12-year-old murder case. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office says 67-year-old William Hadix was arrested Thursday in Illinois for the murder of a Clovis business man in 2003.

Deputies say Hadix shot and killed the victim at Tucker’s Self Storage near Cannon Air Force Base then made a teen destroy the firearm he used. During the 12-year investigation, deputies interviewed more than 100 people.

Stephen Casaus back in trial 

KRQE News 13 heard directly from the man on trial for the first time in court this week.

Police interviewed Stephen Casaus for about three hours overnight after his 9-year-old Stepson, Omaree Varela, died in December 2013. They said he told them at least three different stories about what happened. He eventually admitted he was in the bathroom and heard his wife, Synthia Varela-Casaus, arguing with Omaree.

Police asked Casaus about his swollen hands. About a half hour later unprovoked, Casaus brought up his hands again, saying truth is, they are swollen because he did heroin. In fact, he did it, he says, when Omaree suffered his deadly injuries.

New Mexico part of Salmonella outbreak

New Mexico is part of a multi-state Salmonella outbreak involving cucumbers grown in Mexico. The state department of health is investigating 15 cases across the state. Nationally there have been 285 cases of salmonella in 27 states, all linked to the cucumbers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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