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Suspect in MMA fighter’s home invasion faces separate case

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. >> A man charged with participating in a fatal home invasion of a professional mixed martial artist has been indicted in a separate case.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that a grand jury indicted 21-year-old Nathan Avalos earlier this week for aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon and battery against a household member.

According to the indictment, Avalos allegedly battered his girlfriend and held a metal nail file up to her neck on June 30.

Authorities say Avalos was one of four men charged with invading the home of Joe Torrez, who was with his then-fiance, 2-year-old son and two female friends.

Authorities say 25-year-old Sal Garces was stabbed during the altercation and died.

Avalos will go on trial in that case next month.

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