Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb announced that Robert J. Burke, age 47, of Clovis, was found guilty this afternoon by a Curry County jury of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon after a two-day trial.
Burke was arrested on September 22, 2013, after he struck another man with a metal baseball bat while the man was getting out of his car at his residence. The victim was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment of injured ribs.
The case was delayed by competency issues for Burke and treatment at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas, NM. Ultimately, Burke was deemed competent to stand trial.
The Honorable Drew D. Tatum presided over the trial and ordered that sentencing be held at a later date. Burke faces a minimum of 3 years in prison. The State intends to file habitual offender information on Burke which would further enhance his sentence.
Burke is pending separate charges for Aggravated Assault and Intimidation of a witness.
Chief Deputy District Attorney, Brian Scott Stover prosecuted the case for the State. Criminal defense attorney, Jennifer Burrill represented Burke.
For more information, please contact the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.