Posted at: 08/06/2013 11:58 AM
By: The Associated Press
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - The murder trial of an Arizona man accused of beating a Farmington man to death, but who later had his drunken confession thrown out, has begun.
The Farmington Daily Times reports that both sides gave opening statements Monday in the trial of Donovan King.
Prosecutors say the 24-year-old Red Valley, Ariz. man and 25-year-old Justin Mark broke into Kevin Lossiah's apartment in 2011 and beat him to death with a stick and a rock wrapped in a sock.
Defense attorney Cosme Ripol says the event was a party or fight gone awry, and not a planned killing.
Mark was convicted of first-degree murder in November 2012 and is serving a life sentence.
In April, the state Supreme Court ruled King's incriminating statement to police couldn't be used as evidence against him.
Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com
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