Murder trial begins for man accused of setting man on fire

Judges gavel

SANTA FE(KRQE) – A man accused of choking and beating his girlfriend’s 75-year-old step-grandfather to death in a senior living facility is now on trial. Anthony Yepez and his girlfriend Jeannie Sandoval are accused of murdering George Ortiz in his apartment at Villa Hermosa in Santa Fe then pouring cooking oil on him and setting him on fire.

Last summer Sandoval pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the case with the condition that she testify against Yepez. Yepez is charged with first degree murder and could face a life sentence if convicted.

His attorney’s tried to use the warrior gene as a defense claiming his genetic make him more aggressive, the judge is not allowing that.

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