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New trial underway for alleged murderer

A new trial has begun for a man charged with two shooting deaths in Clovis.

The Portales News Tribune reports that 23-year-old Anthony Casillas is accused of killing Gary Payne of Melrose, and Melissa Ward of Lubbock, back in 2008.

His first trial was declared a mistrial in January. That happened after Casillas uncle collapsed on the witness stand and two other members of his family caused a disturbance.

Casillas faces two consecutive life sentences in prison if convicted.

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