Uruguayan player faces Mexico murder charges

The young man, Luis Mariscal Lopez, died from his wounds three months later, on November 3.

AFP| Last Updated: Dec 04, 2015, 12:45 PM IST

Aguascalientes: Prosecutors in Mexico will seek a 50-year prison term against Uruguayan football player Luis Gorocito Resendez, who plays for second division club Necaxa, and a Mexican teammate on murder charges.

Gorocito and Alejandro Molina have been held in jail since August after they were accused of severely beating a young man in a parking lot near a bar in the northern state of Aguascalientes.

Prosecutors say the university student was beaten after he tried to defend his cousin, a woman who had been verbally abused by Gorocito.

The young man, Luis Mariscal Lopez, died from his wounds three months later, on November 3.

The Aguascalientes state prosecutor, Oscar Gonzalez Mendivil, told AFP on Thursday that he will ask for a 50-year sentence.

"The injuries caused the death (of the victim) and therefore this is something that (the judge) must take into consideration," Gonzalez Mendivil said.

The two football players were initially facing a possible nine-year sentence for injuring the young man.

But prosecutors charged them with murder on November 19 after doctors linked the death to the injuries.

Defense lawyers want the two players to be tried on the less serious charge of homicide in an altercation, which carries a maximum 10-year sentence.