- Associated Press - Friday, September 15, 2017

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Dona Ana County prosecutors say a man is being held without bond on two pending cases of battery against a member of his household.

They say 44-year-old Joe Azure was arrested Aug. 31 in Albuquerque on a warrant for attempted first-degree murder.

A judge on Thursday found that Azure had violated the conditions of his release on the two pending cases by failing to secure an attorney and leaving the county.

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Azure was accused with battery against a household member on Feb. 23, then again on June 12.

The alleged victim is the same in both cases.

Police say Azure allegedly attacked the victim a third time on Aug. 27, sending her to the hospital with 27 facial fractures which subsequently put her into a coma.

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