The Latest: Co-defendant takes stand in beating trial
Dec. 04, 2015
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The latest on the trial of a man suspected in the beating death of two homeless men (all times local):
The youngest of three suspects in a brutal beating that resulted in the deaths of two Navajo homeless men has taken the stand.
The teen is testifying against co-defendant Alex Rios, who faces more than two dozen charges, including two counts of first-degree murder.
The teen on Friday described in detail how the assailants used cinder blocks, a table leg and other objects to attack the victims.
The teen's testimony offered a chilling account of the July 2014 attack that led the city's mayor to establish a task force on Native American homelessness.
The testimony is a condition of a plea agreement that offers the teenager, now 16, the possibility of release at age 21.
Rios' attorney has said his client didn't participate in the attack that unfolded in a vacant lot, where the victims were sleeping.
Jurors are watching video of police interviewing a suspect charged in the killing of two homeless men in Albuquerque.
The interview was being shown in court Friday in the trial of Alex Rios, one of three suspects accused of attacking the men as they slept in July 2014.
In the interview, Detective Geoff Stone tells then-18-year-old Rios that the vacant lot where Allison Gorman and Kee Thompson were killed was a "horrible" scene. Stone also says the men's murders were among the "most violent" he had seen in his career.
Police say Rios and two friends fatally beat the men with cinder blocks, a metal pole and other objects.
Rios faces two counts of first-degree murder and more than a dozen other charges in the case.
His attorney says he didn't participate in the attack.