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Trial begins for 2013 murder suspect; Defense denies accusation, says RPD ‘rushed’ evidence collection

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Defendant Steve Guardado looks out toward witness Miguel Barraza in Chaves County District Court Monday afternoon as he testifies in court. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

A man accused of murdering Stormy Joel Vargas through the means of a single gunshot to the head in October 2013 stood trial in Chaves County District Court Monday.