Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Double Murder Case Goes to Jury.(Final)

Byline: Isabel Sanchez Journal Staff Writer

Defendant Accused Of Killing Store Clerks

A District Court jury will resume deliberating Monday whether Merle Ramone is a killer, and if so, whether he was drunk on that July day two years ago when two store clerks were shot to death.

Ramone, 29, is charged with 14 counts, two of them first-degree murder, and numerous counts of armed robbery and assault.

The prosecution and defense argued the issue of the defendant's deliberate intention to kill and his ability to make a caculated decision to do so. A jury's finding that intoxication affected a defendant's actions could result in a second-degree murder conviction. …

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