ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The latest on the case of a teen accused of killing his parents and three siblings in New Mexico (all times local):
An attorney for an 18-year-old who pleaded guilty to killing his parents and three younger siblings says he can be rehabilitated and has made progress at a state psychiatric treatment center.
Public defender Stephen Taylor made the opening statement at a hearing Monday to determine whether Nehemiah Griego will be sentenced as an adult.
Authorities say Griego was 15 when he fatally shot his parents and siblings at the family's home south of Albuquerque in January 2013. His father, Greg Griego, was a pastor at one of Albuquerque's largest churches.
Griego's lawyer says he was beaten by his father and the abuse likely caused a traumatic brain injury that affected him.
Prosecutors did not deliver opening statements.
A New Mexico teenager charged with killing his parents and three siblings will find out whether he'll be sentenced as an adult.
A Monday hearing is set for 18-year-old Nehemiah Griego, who pleaded guilty in October to two counts of second-degree murder and three counts of child abuse resulting in death.
Authorities say Griego was 15 when he fatally shot his parents and siblings at the family's home south of Albuquerque in January 2013.
His parents, Greg and Sarah Griego, were well-known locally for their ministry work with inmates. Greg Griego also was a pastor at one of Albuquerque's largest churches.
Nehemiah Griego's attorney says the 18-year-old's sentencing terms could range from probation to three life sentences plus 30 years if he's sentenced as an adult.