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A West Virginia man accused of killing a Taos woman he believed to be a witch spoke before a judge for the first time in the case on Thursday (Aug. 5) after his lawyer recommended he remain silent during his 2016 trial, a fact he now hopes to use to overturn his conviction.

Ivan Cales, 56, has been in jail for six years after he was found guilty of the first-degree murder of Taos resident Roxanne Houston, who was found in a shallow grave in the Two Peaks area on Christmas Day in 2014.

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A Taos County man recently sentenced to 21 years for the murder of a beloved Taos coffee shop owner was denied a request for a new trial last week by Eighth Judicial District Judge Jeffrey Shannon.

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The tension could be cut with a knife as Gregg Steele was led into the courtroom for sentencing two months after a jury found him guilty of second degree murder for the killing of local business owner Patrick Larkin in 2019.

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After deliberating only an hour, the jurors in the trial of Gregg Steele – the man accused of killing Taos' World Cup Cafe owner Patrick Larkin – came back with a verdict of guilty on all three charges – second degree murder for the killing of Larkin, a second degree felony; tampering with evidence for moving Larkin’s .22 caliber rifle, a third degree felony; and tampering with evidence for moving Larkin’s body, a third degree felony.

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The jury starts its deliberations Friday (Feb. 19) after the trial of Gregg Steele – the man accused of killing World Cup Cafe owner Patrick Larkin – wrapped up today (Feb. 18) with a quick round of state’s witnesses.

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The jury trial for Gregg Steele – the man accused of killing World Cup Cafe owner Patrick Larkin in 2019 – began Tuesday (Feb. 16) after a full day of jury selection on Monday. The trial, which is taking place in Raton due to the high profile nature of the case, is being simultaneously live-streamed to the Taos County Courthouse.

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A jury trial is set to go ahead in the murder case involving Greg Steele, who allegedly shot and killed Patrick Larkin - owner of the World Cup Cafe. The trial, set for Feb. 15, will take place in person at the Eight Judicial District Court in Ratón. The case was moved out of Taos County due to the high profile nature of the parties involved. Eighth District Court Judge Jeffrey Shannon will preside over the trial.