- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A judge has refused to throw out most of the charges against three New Mexico teenagers accused of beating two homeless men to death with cinderblocks and other objects.

KOV-TV reports that a state District Court judge on Wednesday denied a motion to dismiss 24 of the 27 charges. The teens are charged with first-degree murder and other crimes.

In July, Albuquerque police arrested 18-year-old Alex Rios, a 16-year-old and a 15-year-old in the killings of 44-year-old Allison Gorman and 46-year-old Kee Thompson. Their bodies were discovered in a vacant lot.

The three have pleaded not guilty. The Associated Press is not identifying the two younger defendants because of their ages.

The victims were Native American, but police have said there’s no indication the crime was racially motivated.

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