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LAS CRUCES - Two brothers accused of beating up a third brother during a dispute last month were charged with differing battery counts on Thursday.
Miguel Esparza, 50, and his brother, Alejandro Esparza, 41, were each charged with battery after Doña Ana County sheriff's deputies accused them of beating their other brother with a baseball bat on April 9. Miguel is charged with aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm while Alejandro stands charged with petty misdemeanor battery.
According to an affidavit, deputies discovered the third Esparza brother bloodied and beaten at a residence on the 100 block of Featherglass Lane in Berino. Deputies said that the brother was covered in blood stemming from lacerations to the right side of his head and face. Deputies also said they discovered blood on a bed that the brother laid on as well as under a nearby bush.
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After the brother was taken to an El Paso hospital, he told deputies that Miguel and Alejandro were the ones who battered him. He said that Miguel and Alejandro wanted him to leave the residence on Featherglass Lane. the brother said they didn't want him living there anymore.
The situation devolved when Miguel hit his brother in the face with a baseball bat, deputies said. At some point, Alejandro joined in and hit his brother several times, according to the affidavit.
Miguel was arrested on May 12, court records show. Court records also show that Alejandro has not yet been arrested, although he is charged with a much lesser charge compared to his brother.
Miguel was released on his own recognizance from the Doña Ana County Detention Center on May 12. He's scheduled for a preliminary examination in June.
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Justin Garcia is a public safety reporter for the Las Cruces Sun-News. He can be reached at JEGarcia@lcsun-news.com
This article originally appeared on Las Cruces Sun-News: DASO: Two brothers beat third brother with baseball bat over living dispute