NM man accused of causing girl's drinking death
Posted at: 09/12/2012 9:15 PM
By: Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities in New Mexico say a Beclabito man is accused of causing the death of a juvenile girl by serving her alcohol.
Stanford Benally made his initial appearance Wednesday in Albuquerque federal court. A two-count indictment charges him with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.
The 41-year-old Benally was arrested Tuesday by the FBI. He remains in custody pending a detention hearing and arraignment scheduled for Thursday.
Authorities say Benally is accused of giving liquor to an underage girl on May 19 in San Juan County and then leaving the unconscious and intoxicated minor on her bedroom floor without providing care and seeking medical assistance.
Federal prosecutors say Benally could face life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder. It was unclear Wednesday night if he had an attorney.
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