Man indicted in ax killing of Lincoln County ranch worker

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CARRIZOZO, N.M. (AP) – A 25-year-old man arrested in the ax killing of a Ruidoso-area ranch worker area is charged with first-degree murder in the near-beheading.

Court records say Andrew Poteet Magill’s case was transferred Monday from magistrate court to District Court in Carrizozo after he was indicted in the killing of Mary Ann Moorhouse at the ranch where she worked about 10 miles east of the city of Ruidoso Downs.

Lincoln County deputies found Moorhouse dead after a concerned co-worker couldn’t reach her after she phoned him to say she was going to check on a possible intruder.

Magill’s defense attorney did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment on the allegation. 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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