Trial to begin Monday in 3 killings in Las Cruces, NM

May 17, 2013

A 50-year-old man goes on trial Monday in Las Cruces in the 2010 killings of a New Mexico couple and their business partner from California.

First-degree murder charges accuse Eugene Ferri of fatally shooting 69-year-old Gilles Delisle, 72-year-old Helga Harries Delisle and 68-year-old Peter J. Weith of San Diego.

Ferri had worked for the Delisles as a contractor, and they and Weith had sued Ferri for $1.3 milion.

The victims' bodies were discovered at the Delisles' Mesillas home after they didn't go to a court hearing.

A driver for Ferri led police to the homicide weapon, a gun hidden in a toilet at a Las Cruces park.

Defense attorney Gary Mitchell says his client has an alibi and documentation to prove he was elsewhere.

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