- Associated Press - Thursday, July 30, 2015

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) - A man accused of killing and decapitating a man in northern Wyoming has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

The Powell Tribune reports (https://goo.gl/UICJLA ) 51-year-old John Marquez entered his plea Wednesday in the death of 30-year-old Juan Guerra-Torres, whose body was found Jan. 9, 2014, in Park County. Guerra-Torres was shot several times, decapitated and was missing his left arm.

Marquez and two co-defendants, 29-year-old Pedro Garcia Jr. and 27-year-old Sandra Garcia, who are siblings, are each charged in connection with the murder.

Investigators say Pedro Garcia Jr. told authorities his sister asked him to kill her boyfriend because Guerra-Torres owed drug money to people who were threatening his family.

The two are accused of enlisting Marquez’s help.

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Information from: Powell (Wyo.) Tribune, https://www.powelltribune.com

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