- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Supreme Court is reversing a murder conviction and ordering a retrial in a 2010 killing of a woman in Albuquerque because court testimony over a Skype video link deprived the defendant of the right to confront a hostile witness.

The court on Monday reversed murder and kidnapping convictions against Truett Thomas in connection with the killing of 28-year-old Guadalupe Ashford.

A forensic analyst who moved away from New Mexico while Thomas was awaiting trial testified over a two-way Skype video link. The analyst was unable to see Thomas, the jury or the district court judge.

The court found enough evidence existed against Truett to warrant a retrial. Kidnapping charges were dropped.

Ashford’s body was found with a fractured skull after apparently being beaten with a paver stone.

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