Man convicted of murder in Santa Fe rent dispute
Posted at: 05/24/2013 10:29 AM
By: The Associated Press
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A jury in Santa Fe has convicted a 54-year-old landlord of murder in the shooting deaths of a tenant and her daughter's boyfriend.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the District Court jury deliberated for just an hour and a-half before returning its verdict against Arthur Anaya late Thursday.
He was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in the January 2012 killings of 51-year-old Theresa Vigil and 16-year-old Austin Urban.
The prosecution said the killings followed a confrontation at the trailer rented by Vigil over $100 in late rent, while Anaya's defense attorney said Anaya acted in self-defense.
Anaya could face life in prison when he is sentenced Wednesday.
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