- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld the convictions of two men who were sentenced to life in prison for separate killings in 2013.

The court on Thursday affirmed the convictions of Daniel Murrell for beating a man to death, armed robbery and other crimes in a case that originated in Clovis.

The court also upheld the convictions of Paul Reynolds in the murder of a Tularosa woman and the theft of her vehicle. Prosecutors had said the victim and her husband had taken Reynolds in on several occasions, including the day she was killed.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is pleased with the rulings. He described the crimes as brutal and said keeping the most violent offenders in prison remains a priority for his office.

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