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.

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