NM jury finds suspect not guilty in 2007 homicides

July 15, 2013 • State News

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A San Miguel County jury has acquitted a man in the killings of two people in Las Vegas in 2007.

Jurors on Monday also found Eric Vigil not guilty of [auth] robbery, evidence tampering and two counts of conspiracy.

The Las Vegas Optic ( reports that Vigil bowed his head and cried after the verdicts were read.

The 32-year-old Vigil was accused in the deaths of 24-year-old Damian Ortiz and 25-year-old Stephanie Dimas.

The two were engaged and enrolled in Highlands University’s teacher education program.

They were found shot to death in their mobile home on Dec. 20, 2007.

One of Vigil’s older brothers pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and other charges last year in the case and was sentenced in August to 30 years in prison.

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