- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) - In a criminal case started when the victim’s head was found, a 47-year-old Mora County man has been convicted in the death of a 2010 woman.

The Las Vegas Optic (https://goo.gl/TquNUi ) reports that a jury Friday convicted Dennis Escovedo of second-degree murder and other crimes in the death of Maxine Patsy Trujillo.

A resident on Feb. 14, 2011 discovered her dog playing with a partially decomposed human head. The rest of Trujillo’s body was discovered in a ravine the next day.

Escovedo and Trujillo had been living together, and authorities believe the 46-year—old woman suffered a fatal blow to the head while inside Escovedo’s home on Dec. 30, 2010.

Escovedo was arrested and charged with the killing in late 2013, two years and eight months after Trujillo’s remains were discovered.

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