Court sentences man to life in prison after 2 murders

Telyith Hopkins
Telyith Hopkins

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A double murderer was unable to convince the State Supreme Court a man was mentally disabled at time of two killings.

Telyith Fontayne Hopkins was sentenced to life in prison.

He raped, stabbed, and then strangled a hotel maid with a telephone cord in 2012.

Days later he attacked a man with a rock and strangled him.

Hopkins appealed his sentence, saying a doctor had found him mentally incompetent to stand trial.

The court decided, while laws do give special treatment to mentally retarded people, Hopkins is not one of them. 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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