The Latest: Court reviews fate of man who killed 5 as a teen
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a hearing for a man who killed five family members as a teen (all times local):
Prosecutors are placing scrutiny on how authorities perceived the demeanor of a New Mexico man who as a 15-year-old killed his parents and three young siblings.
At a hearing Monday, a former sheriff’s deputy answered questions about his interview with 21-year-old Nehemiah Griego after the 2013 killings.
The weeklong hearing for Griego is meant to determine whether he has been rehabilitated while in state custody and is prepared for release. It’s the second such hearing for Griego, who three years ago pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.
A judge in 2016 determined Griego could be released at age 21, but was ordered to revisit the case after an appeal from state prosecutors.
Witnesses this week include therapists who have provided Griego with psychological treatment. That testimony is expected to remain sealed.
It will be up to a judge to determine whether a New Mexico man who killed five family members as a teen has been rehabilitated while in the state’s juvenile detention system.
A weeklong hearing for 21-year-old Nehemiah Griego begins Monday in Albuquerque.
Griego pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his parents and three young siblings. He was 15 at the time of the killings and has since undergone behavioral health treatment.
After a 2016 hearing, Judge John Romero found Griego had proven receptive to treatment for schizoaffective disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. The judge ruled Griego could be released on his 21st birthday.
The state appeals court overturned that decision and sent the case back to Romero after finding he hadn’t considered certain testimony from prosecutors.