ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The latest on the trial of a man charged with the beating deaths of two homeless men (all times local):
A jury has convicted a 20-year-old man of beating two homeless men to death with cinder blocks and other items as they slept last year in New Mexico.
Jurors found Alex Rios guilty of two counts of second-degree murder Wednesday after hearing gruesome details about the attack on 44-year-old Allison Gorman and 46-year-old Kee Thompson in a vacant lot in Albuquerque in July 2014.
Rios had faced multiple charges, including two counts of first-degree murder.
Police say Rios and two teens killed the men, who were both Navajo. The attack led the city's mayor to establish a task force on Native American homelessness, though prosecutors have not said the victims were targeted because of their race.
The youngest of the three suspects was 15 at the time of the attack and agreed to testify against the others in a plea agreement.