By Associated Press - Friday, March 24, 2017

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a third suspect in the killing of a 49-year-old Roswell man.

The Artesia Daily Press ( ) reports that the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21-year-old Ryan Morgan of Artesia on Wednesday in connection to the beating death of Danny Mendes on March 5.

Mendes was found on a roadway and died of blunt force trauma to the head. Police described his killing as a bludgeoning.

Police have also arrested 26-yearold Michael Jimenez and 21-year-old Shabriel Lopez in connection the case.

Authorities believe the men drove to a remote area after partying and committing burglaries. Morgan told police he hit Mendes in the back of the head with a hammer but that Jimenez kept hitting him. It’s unclear what prompted the beating.

Morgan is facing one count of first-degree murder.


Information from: Artesia Daily Press,

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