- Associated Press - Sunday, June 15, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A man accused of slashing a fellow inmate to death in 2006 at a Las Cruces jail will see his case finally go to trial.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (https://bit.ly/1ndyTLI) that 38-year-old Dominic Martin Montoya is due to appear in state District Court on Monday.

Montoya is facing charges of first-degree murder, possession of a deadly weapon by a prisoner and evidence tampering.

Dona Ana County Sheriff’s investigators say Montoya is suspected of slashing 29-year-old Adam Avalos with a razor while being held on robbery charges in April 2006.

Court records show Montoya has gone through several defense attorneys. He also refused a mental evaluation but was judged competent to stand trial in 2007.

Montoya is being held at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, https://www.lcsun-news.com

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