Aug 6, 2013 12:14 PM by Associated Press

Murder trial in bloody Farmington beating begins

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 ( 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.


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