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Los Lunas Valencia County News (Newspaper) - September 20, 1973, Los Lunas, New Mexico Mary Cherino right daughter of or. And mrs. Albert Cherino of Isleta is the new miss Indian new Mexico chosen at the new Mexico state fair. Eletha Paison left of Albuquerque is runner up. Miss Cherino is a los Lunas High school student. News photo bus Stop resulted in this crash on Payton Road in los c have. A 15-year old youth Driver of the Bronco told state policeman Andy Gallegos he was blinded by the Sun and did not see the bus. Fifty seven youngsters were aboard the bus which was driven by Betty Hullinger. Mrs. Hullinger had stopped to pick up her last passenger. Earl Jones who was jest boarding when the Accident occurred. He was thrown to the ground by the Impact. Damage to each vehicle was estimated at More than $100. Defense witnesses began testimony tuesday afternoon in District court in los Lunas after the state rested its Case in the trial of 80-year-old Gus Raney charged with the murder of Max Atkinson last june. The trial is expected to continue today thursday. Raney was arrested on the murder charge june 7 after he had called Law enforcement Mary Cherino is chosen a miss Indian a pretty Isleta Pueblo girl 17-year-old Mary Annette Cherino was crowned miss Indian new Mexico in ceremonies at the 1973 new Mexico state fair sunday in Albuquerque. Miss Cherino succeeds Janet Sloman in the title role and will reign Over All Indian Village activities at the state fair and in particular on Indian Day at the fair wednesday. Miss Indian new Mexico the daughter of or. And mrs. Albert Cherino of Isleta is a senior at los Lunas High school and plans to go on to College although she has t yet selected the school. At Olhs she is Active in student Council Pep club. Tewa club and other organizations. She won the title Over 12 other contestants in All Day competitions on sunday at the fair. She will represent new Mexico in Sheridan Wyoming next year at the miss Indian America competitions. Earlier miss Cherino was selected As miss Isleta in a contest sponsored at the Pueblo by the local chapter of the North american Indian women s Assn. Naira. Mrs. Agnes dil of Isleta who is National president of Naira said Isleta had never been represented in the miss Indian new Mexico Competition so the group decided to sponsor the local contest. After being named miss Isleta miss Cherino was honoured during the annual san Augustine fiesta earlier this month at the Pueblo. For the state fair contest. Miss Cherino presented an original interpretive dance for the Talent portion of the judging. Contestants were scored on Talent speaking ability personality and poise and Indian characteristics and dress. Members of the Isleta Naira sponsored miss Cherino sentry in the miss Indian new Mexico Competition. Officers in Grants asking that an ambulance and officers come to his ranch a because someone was deputies found Atkinson s body. He had been shot three times. Raney subsequently was arrested arid later released on $15,000 Bond. Chief witness for the state tuesday was Roy Holcomb of san Fidel reportedly the Only living Eye witness to the shooting of Atkinson. Holcomb testified that the shooting was unprovoked. Raney a defense is that the incident was in self defense. Another Man William Pope also reported to be an eyewitness died last month. Also testifying for the state tuesday was or. . Djang who said the dead Man had two Bullet wounds in his Back and another fired at close Range in the Back of his head. Or. Djang indicated the head wound was the cause of death. According to testimony monday by Louis Marez chief Deputy for the Valencia county sheriffs department Raney had called authorities after the shooting asking them to come to his ranch. He led officers to the scene where Marez said there was a pickup truck and a wrecker belonging to the Budville trading co., near where atkinsons body Lay. A butchered steer was hanging on the hoist of the wrecker he said. Atkinson s body was face Down. He had a knife in his left hand. Marez said he also found a .22 magnum Derringer which had not been fired in the victim s pocket. Marez indicated Raney had said he had shot Atkinson and that he Marez had asked him for his gun. Which Raney gave him. He asked Raney to follow him into Grants which he did. The trial began about noon monday after selection of the jury with the state calling a number of witnesses including the victims widow and sheriffs deputies. Both the state special prosecutor Charles Driscoll and defense counsel Terry Boucher countered with objections As witnesses testified. Driscoll objected to what he called Boucher a tactic of roaming the courtroom like a a wandering Gypsy a Boucher said he had a right to stand when he had an objection. Boucher claimed Driscoll a asking mrs. Atkinson to describe pictures which apparently were of her dead husband was meant to play on the sympathy of the jury. Mrs. Atkinson broke into tears As she testified. Marez said atkinsons body was taken to icon i inned on Page 2 name the Mascot contest sponsored by the animal welfare Assn. Suggested name name of entrant address _ age drop entry in Box at Huning mercantile deadline sept. 30 Valencia county volume i no. 16 los Lunas . 87031 16 pages september 20, 1973 murder trial continues state rests its Case

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