ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Latest on upcoming release of a New Mexico man who killed five family members as a teen (all times local):
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.
A New Mexico man who killed his parents and siblings is seeking to change his name ahead of his scheduled release later this month.
The Albuquerque Journal reports the attorney for Nehemiah Griego filed the name change case in January under John Doe, requesting that documents and hearings in the case be sealed.
Griego was 15 when authorities say he fatally shot his parents and three younger siblings at their home south of Albuquerque in 2013. He is scheduled to be released on March 20, his 21st birthday.
According to court documents, his attorney Matthew Bernstein wrote that the name change will “assist him in avoiding unnecessary recognition.”
Bernstein declined to comment on the case Thursday.
A judge last week ruled that the court file must appear under Griego’s name.
Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com