- Associated Press - Saturday, February 8, 2014

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - The last of three suspects to be tried in the 2011 killing of a woman outside a busy Alamogordo Burger King was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1ecG3t0) that a Lincoln County jury read the verdict against Alexias Torres. Jurors also found Torres guilty of one count each of conspiracy to commit murder, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, conspiracy to commit shooting at or from a motor vehicle and tampering with evidence.

She could face life in prison.

Prosecutors say Torres, Jonathan Montoya and Melissa Mathis shot 33-year-old Shavon Twitty on June 8, 2011, after Twitty broke up with Mathis.

Michael Keedy, Torres‘ defense lawyer, said he was “devastated” on behalf of his client and plans to appeal.

“We will file a notice of appeal in due course and raise all available issues including, especially, the sufficiency of the evidence to support this series of verdicts returned by the jury,” Keedy said.

In the meantime, he also hoped to be able to get her the lightest prison sentence possible.

In his closing argument, Deputy District Attorney John Sugg said Montoya fired the fatal shots but was following orders from Torres and Mathis. According to prosecutors, Torres and Mathis both knew Twitty and had conspired to assault her. Sugg showed angry texts between Twitty and Mathis that morning and said all three suspects picked up a gun before heading to the restaurant.

The defense argued that Torres was driving the car all three suspects were riding in because she thought Mathis wanted to find Twitty for a reconciliation.

Sugg commended the jury for their decision.

“At the end of the day, there’s not a good outcome — but it’s the right outcome,” Sugg said. “The jury made the absolute right decision.”

Montoya was convicted last August and sentenced to life in prison. His mental capacity was called into question during the trial.

Mathis is serving a 16-year sentence for her involvement.


Information from: Alamogordo Daily News, https://www.alamogordonews.com

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