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Sun January 20, 2013
UPDATE: Teen Accused Of Killing Family Had Been Having Homicidal/Suicidal Thoughts
The New Mexico teenager accused of fatally shooting his parents and three younger siblings told police he had been having homicidal and suicidal thoughts. According to a probable cause statement, a Bernalillo County sheriff's detective questioned 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego on Saturday about the killings at the family home in a rural area southwest of Albuquerque.
The statement says Griego told the detective he first shot his mother as she was sleeping and then shot a younger brother in the same room and then two younger sisters in another.
It says he then told the detective he waited for his father to return home and then gunned him down.
Sheriff's spokesman Deputy Aaron Williamson said Monday he couldn't immediately comment on the document.
Authorities say the New Mexico teenager accused of fatally shooting his parents and three younger siblings had apparently never been in trouble with the law. A spokesman for the state child welfare agency had no record of any trouble with 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego or his family.
A records check also indicated the teen had never been involved with the juvenile justice system before being charged over the weekend with killing his five family members.
Among the victims was his father, Greg Griego, a pastor who once served at one of Albuquerque's largest Christian churches. He was also well-known for his spiritual work with firefighters and jail inmates.
Investigators processed evidence at the Griego home Monday. They say there had been no emergency calls to the home in the recent past.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.