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CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Defense attorneys say a southwestern New Mexico man acted in self-defense when he fatally shot 22-year-old Andres Rojo in Artesia in 2015.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports the first day of trial began Monday for 23-year-old Daniel Aguilera, who is charged with second-degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Prosecutor Ariane Navarrette told the Carlsbad court that Aguilera was upset about not being invited to a party, and no one else was armed during the confrontation that led to the death of the New Mexico State University student.

Defense attorney Gokul Krishna Sripada says Aguilera thought he saw Rojo reach for a gun, and he issued a warning before shooting.

Authorities say Aguilera also shot 25-year-old Luis Rojo who survived the encounter.


Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus,