Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Gorge Bridge Trial Delayed.

Byline: Brendan Smith Journal Staff Writer

Hearing To Decide Taos Man's Competency in Killing Case

Luis Acosta's death penalty trial has been delayed for a Feb. 8 hearing to determine whether he is mentally competent to stand trial for throwing a teen-ager off the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge northwest of Taos.

Acosta, 21, and 26-year-old David Sandoval, both unemployed high school dropouts from Taos, were each charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, conspiracy and two counts of armed robbery in the kidnapping and killing of 18-year-old Erik Sanchez in November 1998.

According to Taos County sheriff's investigators, the pair confessed they kidnapped Sanchez at gunpoint in Espanola and carjacked his Pontiac Grand Prix because they wanted to sell it in Mexico to get money for drugs and Christmas presents. …

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