Woman: Trial testimony in 2003 killing providing closure

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A woman who was 15 in 2003 when a Clovis, New Mexico, man was gunned down says testimony in a murder trial 14 years later is providing her with closure.

The Eastern New Mexico News reports that Telia Vancleave of Benton, Louisiana, testified Wednesday she kept silent about the killing of Jessie Clyde “J.C.” Tucker partly because she was afraid of defendant William Wilbur Hadix, whom she regarded back then as her godfather.

Vancleave said she saw Hadix enter Tucker’s storage business, point a gun at Tucker and demand money before she ran off after hearing a loud bang.

Now 69, Hadix was arrested in 2015 in Illinois’ Cumberland County where he’d moved from Clovis soon after the 2003 killing.

Authorities allege Hadix stole more than $2,500 from Tucker.