New Mexico

The Latest: Trial begins for man accused in beating death of 2 homeless men in Albuquerque

The latest on the trial of a man suspected in the beating death of two homeless Navajo men (all times local):

10:50 a.m.

The trial has begun for one of three suspects accused of beating to death two homeless men as they slept in a vacant Albuquerque lot.

Alex Rios, now 20, is facing two counts of murder and numerous other charges in the July 2014 deaths of Allison Gorman and Kee Thompson.

Rios had turned down a plea agreement, setting the stage for Wednesday's trial in state district court.

Prosecutors in their opening statements described the attack by Rios and his friends as vicious. They told jurors that the suspects gathered weapons and planned the attack.

According to police, Gorman and Thompson were beaten beyond recognition with a cinder block, metal pole and with their hands and feet.