- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The latest on the trial of a man suspected in the beating death of two homeless Navajo men (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

A judge has denied a motion for mistrial in the case of a 20-year-old man accused of fatally beating two homeless men in Albuquerque last year.

Judge Briana Zamora’s decision comes after the attorney for suspect Alex Rios said Thursday that three jurors appeared inadvertently in television news footage during the first day of testimony. While the trial resumed Thursday afternoon, she dismissed the three jurors who inadvertently appeared on TV.

State laws forbid jurors from being filmed or photographed out of concern for protection of their identities, and to ensure objectivity during testimony and deliberations.

Rios and two juveniles are accused of attacking Allison Gorman and Kee Thompson as they slept in a vacant lot.

Rios’ attorney says he didn’t participate in the beating.

He faces murder charges in the July 2014 attack.

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10:10 a.m.

An attorney for a 20-year-old man accused in the fatal beatings of two homeless men is seeking a mistrial because three jurors appeared inadvertently in television news footage during the first day of testimony.

Defense attorney Daniel Salazar requested a mistrial before jurors were seated Thursday.

State District Judge Briana Zamora ordered him to submit his motion in writing.

Zamora says state law forbids filming or photographing of jurors. The law is intended to protect the identity of jurors for their safety and to ensure their objectivity.

Alex Rios is on trial for the July 2014 attack on Allison Gorman and Kee Thompson, who were sleeping when police say Rios and two of his friends approached them and bludgeoned them to death.

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