Family seeks millions in clerk's slaying

SANTA FE (AP) - Jury deliberations have begun in a lawsuit filed by the family of a Hobbs convenience store clerk who was abducted, raped and killed six years ago.

The state district court jury in Santa Fe is deciding whether to award damages to the three children of Elizabeth Garcia.

The trial has focused on the security practices of New Mexico's largest chain of conveniences stores -- Allsup's Enterprises of Clovis.

The plaintiffs' lead attorney, Randi McGinn of Albuquerque, suggests the jury award $60 million to Garcia's children.

But an attorney for Allsup's insurance carrier, Kevin Williams, suggests jurors award $3 million.

Garcia vanished on Jan. 16, 2002. Her body was found later that day in a field with 57 stab wounds.

Paul Lovett was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

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