Crime

Defense wants Clovis library shooting suspect tried as juvenile

CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE) - Attorneys for the teen accused of gunning down two people in a Clovis library want him treated as a juvenile. 

Prosecutors have charged Nathaniel Jouett with a first degree murder charge, which would carry a life sentence if he's sentenced as an adult. 

Jouett was 16 years old last year when he's accused of opening fire at the Clovis Carver Library and killing two librarians. 

The Eastern New Mexico News was in the courtroom Monday when the defense asked for a hearing to determine whether he should be treated as a juvenile. 

They argue he didn't have the mental capacity to plan the shooting and therefore there's no justification for a first-degree murder charge. 

Tuesday, the anniversary of the tragedy, community members gathered at the library to hold a memorial and observe a moment of silence. 


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