Prosecutors are now telling a very different story in the torture and murder of 13-year-old Jeremiah Valencia inside his Nambe home.
They are no longer claiming he was killed by his mother’s boyfriend. They’ve now turned their attention to the boyfriend’s son .
“He is willing to commit cold blooded murder,” a prosecutor said.
Prosecutors are now referring to Jordan Nunez as the ringleader in the torture and killing of 13-year-old Jeremiah Valencia.
“When Ms. Pena spoke about her son’s death in the jail she said that he deserved it, and that he was a little a******,” the state’s attorney said.
Now, prosecutors claim everyone living in the Nambe home took part in torturing Jeremiah.
Investigators initially said the boy was abused regularly by his mom’s boyfriend, Thomas Ferguson, who also put him in a dog cage, urinated on him and eventually beat him to death.
Valencia’s body was found in a shallow grave on the side of a highway. Ferguson, who killed himself in jail, was initially charged with murder.
Investigators also arrested Jeremiah’s mother, Tracey Pena, and Jordan Nunez, Ferguson’s 20-year-old son.
“Mr. Nunez is equally culpable as Mr. Ferguson for the torture of this child,” one of the prosecutors said.
However, in new motions, prosecutors say Jordan Nunez actually killed Jeremiah, and that he bragged about the killing to a friend on Facebook.
They go on to say for about a month straight, he would stab Jeremiah with a spear. They also say Valencia’s 13 year-old sister took part in the stabbings at times.
Yet, Nunez’s attorney claims he did all these things because he was in fear of his father.
“What background research have you done on Thomas Ferguson?” asked Nunez’s defense attorney.
The detective on the stand replied, “I know he has extensive background involving abuse all the way from abusing his own children.”
Wednesday’s hearing was also a detention hearing for Pena. A judge has allowed testimony from her 13-year-old daughter to be heard when the hearing continues on Wednesday, Sep. 19.