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Murder trial begins for Artesia man

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Jury selection began yesterday and continues today in the trial of Jess Carpenter, charged with the second-degree murder of Joseph P. Darras and negligent use of a deadly weapon.

The State of New Mexico alleges that in the early morning hours of May 21, 2011, Carpenter spent the evening drinking with Darras, to the point of intoxication. While handling a loaded firearm, the weapon discharged and killed Darras. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.


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