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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

NM- Man indicted in Anthony, N.M. beating death

9-2-2008 New Mexico:

LAS CRUCES — An Anthony, N.M. man has been indicted for allegedly beating one of his friends to death.

Pete Dominguez, 38, was indicted by a Dona Ana County grand jury Thursday on one count of second-degree murder.

Dominguez is alleged to have hit and kicked — with steel-toed boots — Cristobal Cuellar on Aug. 1.

Cuellar, 62, refused medical attention after the alleged attack and suffered two subsequent seizures before lapsing into a coma on Aug. 4. He died Aug. 8.

According to court records, Dominguez told investigators he had been drinking with Cuellar earlier in the evening and later saw him lying in the middle of McKinley Street in Anthony. Dominguez said he dragged Cuellar out of the street and into an alley. Cuellar reportedly woke up and accused Dominguez of stealing his beer.

An argument ensued, and Dominguez began calling Cuellar a child molester, an apparent reference to Cuellar's 2005 conviction on one count of attempted criminal sexual contact of a minor.

"I'm a Marine — I'll kill you," Cuellar allegedly told Dominguez, who admitted to punching the victim three or four times.

Dominguez was originally charged with one count of aggravated battery and has been held in the Doña Ana County Detention Center since Aug. 8. ..News Source.. by Sun-News report


Beating Death Sentencing


An Anthony man will spend four years behind bars for the beating death of a 62-year old man. Pete Dominguez pleaded no contest to the charges and death of Cristobal Cuellar.

Last year, authorities were called out to an alley where they found Cuellar highly intoxicated and injured. He later died at a hospital.

Dominguez reportedly kicked Cuellar with steel toe boots and accused him of being a child molester. ..Source.. by

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