Farmington man arrested in woman’s death

November 12, 2013 • State News

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Police in Farmington say they’re seeking second-degree murder and domestic battery charges against a man after they found a woman dead in the apartment they shared.

Police say in a [auth] statement that they went to the apartment Monday morning after a caller reported a person not breathing. No one answered the door, but neighbors told officers they had heard sounds of a physical fight inside the apartment, so officers went inside.

Standing inside they found 33-year-old Lionel Francis, Sr., and 32-year-old Shai Burbank was lying on the floor dead. The couple’s four-month-old son and Francis’ seven-year-old stepdaughter were also in the home.

Francis was questioned and booked into jail. Police didn’t say if he has an attorney.

The children were placed in protective custody.

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