Las Cruces man fatally beaten; 2 people in custody

November 20, 2013 • State News

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Police say two people are in custody in the beating death of a 37-year-old Las Cruces man during an altercation early Wednesday.

Police say responding officers found Jerome Saiz with [auth] multiple injuries to his face and head. He had been wrapped in a roll of carpet in his home on Princess Jeanne Drive.

Police spokesman Danny Trujillo says Saiz’s girlfriend, 28-year-old Rebecca Gomez, and another man, 27-year-old Leonard Espinosa Telles, have been charged with an open count of murder.

They also face charges of conspiracy and tampering with evidence.

Investigators believe Saiz was hit with a baseball bat multiple times during an argument.

Police say Gomez’s daughters, ages 6 and 7, were home at the time. They have been turned over to the custody of another family member.

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