The Latest: Case of teen who killed 5 heads back to court

Mar 10, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Court of Appeals has sided with an appeal filed by prosecutors, clearing the way for more court proceedings to determine if a New Mexico man who killed five family members as a teen was receptive to treatment. The ruling comes as Nehemiah Griego's 21st birthday on March 20 approaches. That's when he is scheduled to be released under a 2016 order that found he had been receptive to psychological treatment while in state custody, and that his therapy and rehabilitation at a state facility for adolescents had prepared him for his release. New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas appealed that 2016 order, citing Griego's premeditation of the murders and mental health issues. Balderas said Friday he was pleased with the appellate court's decision. Griego was 15 in January 2013 when authorities say he fatally shot his parents and three younger siblings.