- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque man has been convicted in the 2013 death of his girlfriend, who was stabbed nearly 40 times and put in the trunk of a stolen car before it was set on fire.

Prosecutors say 22-year-old Shaun Ryals was found guilty by a judge of second-degree murder, arson, tampering with evidence and other charges Friday.

Ryals testified during the non-jury trial that he had no memory of stabbing 19-year-old Guadalupe Morales.

According to trial testimony, she was stabbed at least 38 times.

Her body was found on March 19, 2013.

Police investigators say Ryals and Morales had been drinking and they argued at his home before the stabbing.

Prosecutors say Ryals will undergo a 60-day diagnostic evaluation before sentencing and could face up to 30 ½ years in prison.

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