Suspect arrested in death of man at Ft. Sumner motel

Posted at: 06/03/2013 2:51 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico State Police say they've made an arrest in the death of a man at a Fort Sumner motel.

Authorities say 20-year-old William Caleb West is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, robbery, conspiracy and giving alcohol to minors.

Police have been investigating the death of 21-year-old Anthony Sandoval since De Baca County Sheriff's deputies discovered the body May 19 at the Coronado Motel.

They say West and Sandoval argued May 17 over $5 that West believed was owed to him for alcohol Sandoval drank at a house party.

Witnesses say Sandoval refused to give West the money and West punched him in the face.

Sandoval fell backward, striking his head on the concrete floor. He went back to his room and was found dead two days later.

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