Uncle questions alleged confession of New Mexico teen accused of slaying family
Family members of the New Mexico teen accused of killing his parents and three siblings say that his confession was improperly obtained because he was questioned without an adult or an attorney present.
Nehemiah Griego, 15, allegedly used a stockpile of assault rifles to kill his mother and three siblings in their beds then waited for his father to come home from work before killing him too. Authorities say he also loaded the family van with ammunition, reloaded the guns and planned to continue his shooting spree at a local Wal-Mart.
According to the Albuquerque Journal the teen allegedly confessed to the crime while alone in an interrogation room at the sheriff’s office, but his Uncle questions the interrogation. “No lawyer, no adult, no access to family members, (he) makes a statement,” said Eric Griego, the uncle of 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego.
“As far as we know, that whole narrative that he was going on this grandiose shootout was based on a scared 15-year-old in the middle of the night, in the sheriff’s department,” Eric Griego said. “If any of us would have been there, we would have just told him to shut up.”
The Griego family has supported Nehemiah and taken issue with the media portrayal of the teen as a monster, although they haven’t disputed that he killed his family members.
“With what we’ve all learned about brain development, something must have gone wrong with his brain,” Eric Griego said.
The family does not want Nehemiah tried as an adult, but in New Mexico all 15-17 year olds charged with first-degree murder are automatically transferred to the adult system.
Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial
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