Autopsy: Man killed by MMA fighter was drunk

Sal Garces
Autopsy results for a man fatally stabbed by an MMA fighter show he was drunk when he broke into the fighter's home.

LAS CRUCES (KRQE) – An autopsy report shows a man who was fatally stabbed by a professional MMA fighter in Las Cruces was drunk.

It happened back in January at the home of MMA fighter Joseph Torrez.

Deputies say Sal Garces and three other suspects broke into Torrez’s home while Torrez, his fiancée and their child were home.

That’s when Torrez stabbed Garces, killing him.

The autopsy shows he was stabbed four times in the chest.

It also shows he was drunk nearly two times the legal limit.

Torrez is also accused of beating up the other suspects involved in the break-in.

They were arrested.

Torrez has not been charged or formally cleared of any crime. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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