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Trial begins for man accused in Navajo transients' beating deaths


ALBUQUERQUE — The trial for one of three suspects in the deaths of two Navajo homeless men in Albuquerque began Wednesday, with lawyers on both sides delivering opening arguments that provided a glimpse into the grisly murder case that appalled residents and led to the creation of a task force on Native American homelessness.

The three defendants were teenagers when Allison Gorman, 44, and Kee Thompson, 46, were fatally beaten in a vacant Albuquerque lot in July 2014, authorities said. The oldest suspect, Alex Rios, who was 18 at the time of the attack, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and other crimes.


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