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Lawyer: NM MMA fighter no longer cooperating with deputies after killing man in home invasion

An attorney for a professional mixed martial artist who deputies say killed a man suspected of breaking into his New Mexico home says his client is no longer cooperating with authorities.

C.J. McElhinney said Monday that Joseph Torrez is at "beginning of a very long fight" and he fears the 27-year-old still may face charges even though he was protecting his family.

Dona Ana County sheriff's officials say 25-year-old Sal Garces died last week from stab wounds after he and three other men broke into Torrez's mobile home north of Las Cruces.

Deputies say Torrez, his fiancee and a toddler were home at the time.

McElhinney says Torrez fought off the intruders and one "suffered serious facial injuries."

Two men are facing charges.

According to, Torrez is a lightweight fighter with a 1-5 professional record.

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