Man accused of Clovis stabbing found competent for trial

Matthew Jennings
Clovis Police said a DNA match helped them solve the murder last month of a young mother in a park.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A man accused of fatally stabbing a Clovis woman in a city park in 2014 has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Prosecutors said Thursday that 28-year-old Matthew Jennings of Clovis received the mandatory sentence.

A judge ruled in February that Jennings was found competent to stand trial and it was scheduled to begin this month.

Jennings was accused of killing 23-year-old Ariel Ulibarri in November 2014 at Goodwin Trails Park.

According to court records, Ulibarri was walking with her 6-year-old son when Jennings attacked her.

Her body was discovered after Ulibarri’s son showed a citizen where his mother was lying along the trail.

Authorities say Jennings was arrested a month later after DNA evidence found on the knife connected him to the killing. 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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