Police preparing for arrest

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

Clovis police are preparing to charge someone for killing 37-year-old Clifford Webber.

“We’re currently working on warrants… to charge somebody in this young man’s death,” Police Chief Steve Sanders said Thursday.

Sanders said he could not speculate on how quickly the warrants would be served.

He also declined to discuss motive, cause of death or the number of suspects in the case.

Webber’s badly decomposing body was found in an abandoned house at 317 14th Street Tuesday after someone called police, telling them they had information on someone being, “stabbed in the heart”.

Wednesday, a state medical examiner ruled the case a homicide based on an autopsy and police released Webber’s identity.

Family members and others who knew Webber said he was working at Sutton’s Bakery as a baker’s assistant and had fallen into a life of substance abuse.

Raised by his grandmother in Clovis after his mother’s death in his youth, Webber has been described as a troubled loner.

Sanders said police will release more information about how he died and what led up to his death after arrests.

Police said they have served several search warrants in the case and said early on they were interviewing “persons of interest”.

Court staff at Curry County Magistrate court, where search warrants were filed, said Thursday they could not be released until police filed documents signifying the warrants had been executed.

Officers could be seen Tuesday searching a house next door to the one where Webber was found.

The case is being investigated by the Major Crimes Unit, a consortium of local law enforcement agencies within Curry and Roosevelt Counties.

Webber’s death is the first homicide in Clovis this year and the second for Curry County.