New Mexico Man Convicted of Beating Deaths of 2 Transients

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Jury deliberations to continue Wednesday in homeless murder trial.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A jury on Wednesday convicted a 20-year-old of beating two homeless Navajo men to death with cinder blocks and other objects as they slept, an attack that spurred officials in New Mexico’s largest city to establish a task force on Native American homelessness. Alex Rios, who was 18 at the time of the crime, is accused of helping two other teens kill 44-year-old Allison Gorman and 46-year-old Kee Thompson while they slept in a vacant lot at 60th Street and Central Avenue in July 2014. Rosales/Journal) Alex Rios’ brother who is restrained by his father after a jury found Rios guilty of second-degree murder in the 2014 beating deaths of two homeless men. (Roberto E. But the jury didn’t find the now 20-year-old guilty of the most serious charge. “Obviously they didn’t think he was as culpable as the other two and I think they sent a clear message that in a situation like this, the public expects people do more than just stand by,” said Defense Attorney, Daniel Salazar. During the trial, jurors were shown photographs of one of the victim’s injuries, and heard testimony from forensic experts, police detectives and a 16-year-old boy who says he took part in the July 2014 beating.

There are more than 20 other charges in all, among them attempted murder, armed robbery for the theft of Gorman’s driver’s license and credit card, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence. Prosecutor Vincent Martinez said the jury’s decision was “just” and that he was satisfied with the outcome of the trial, even though he pushed for a first-degree murder conviction.

Assistant District Attorney Vincent Martinez told the jury that although both boys lied to police in statements they gave, co-defendant Gilbert Tafoya, who testified against Rios, eventually clarified and admitted what he had done. Assistant District Attorneys Vincent Martinez and Michelle Pato said they were happy with the verdict, and intend to ask for “everything” at sentencing — meaning having the sentences stacked rather run at the same time, and the maximum imposed on each one. We know because other two were covered in blood from head to toe.” KOB welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the rules of conduct set forth in our Terms of Use. Testimony by forensic pathologists who handle the men’s autopsies showed that the savagery of the beatings, particularly on the victims’ faces, was so awful that even gender couldn’t be discerned at first.

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