The state Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of a Taos man for a 2003 killing in which the victim was injected with drugs and burned -- according to a story in the Associated Press.
Luis Trujillo was sentenced to life in prison for killing Juan Alcantar, who was given a lethal dose of heroin, strangled, suffocated and then set on fire.
Alcantar was killed after a fight over money owed for drugs.
The court earlier this week threw out Trujillo's convictions of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and arson because those violated protections against double jeopardy — multiple punishments for the same offense. The court left a conviction for conspiracy to commit murder.
Earlier this month, the court affirmed the murder conviction of another defendant in the case — Lawrence Gallegos — and similarly threw out two conspiracy convictions.