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Sentencing delayed in NM doctor’s bludgeoning

January 11, 2014 • State News

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A 20-year-old man’s sentencing for beating a Farmington doctor to death with a pool cue will be delayed pending an appeal over a misstep by jurors.

District Judge William Birdsall said he’ll delay John Mayes’ sentencing for second-degree murder so defense lawyers can appeal Birdsall’s decision Thursday to not acquit Mayes because the jury considered charges out of order.

Mayes, 20, was convicted Nov. 25 in the June 2011 killing of Dr. James Nordstrom at Login to read more

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