ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The latest on the trial of a man suspected in the beating death of two homeless Navajo men (all times local):
An attorney for a 20-year-old man accused in the fatal beatings of two homeless men is seeking a mistrial because three jurors appeared inadvertently in television news footage during the first day of testimony.
Defense attorney Daniel Salazar requested a mistrial before jurors were seated Thursday.
State District Judge Briana Zamora ordered him to submit his motion in writing.
Zamora says state law forbids filming or photographing of jurors. The law is intended to protect the identity of jurors for their safety and to ensure their objectivity.
Alex Rios is on trial for the July 2014 attack on Allison Gorman and Kee Thompson, who were sleeping when police say Rios and two of his friends approached them and bludgeoned them to death.