Aug 6, 2013 12:14 PM by Associated Press
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - The murder trial of an Arizona man accused of beating a Farmington man to death, but later had his drunken confession thrown out, has begun.
The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/1b8ahyN) 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.