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Bernalillo County inmate accused of fatally beating cellmate

October 26, 2021 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 25-year-old inmate in the main jail for metro Albuquerque is accused of killing another inmate who was his cellmate, officials said Tuesday.

Telea Lui was rebooked at the Metropolitan Detention Center on an open count of murder in the beating death of Leon Casiquito, 41, during a fight Monday, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

It didn’t provide an alleged motive for the killing but said the two inmates were the only people in the cell when Casiquito were killed and that all other inmates were in their cells because of a lockdown.

Lui was originally booked into the jail on charges of aggravated battery of a household member with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment, the office said.

An attorney for the state public defender’s office was representing Lui in his original case, and a spokeswoman for that office did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment on the allegations against Lui in the homicide case.