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Las Cruces inmate waits 8 years for his day in court

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Las Cruces, N.M. - A man charged with killing a fellow inmate with a razor at a Las Cruces jail in April 2006 will finally go to trial.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports 38-year-old Dominic Montoya will appear Monday in state District Court. Montoya is currently being held at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility.

Dona Ana County investigators say Montoya is suspected of slashing 29-year-old Adam Avalos while in prison on robbery charges. Montoya faces charges of first-degree murder, possession of a deadly weapon by a prisoner and evidence tampering.

According to court records, Montoya has had several defense attorneys. He refused a mental evaluation but was judged competent to stand trial in 2007.