Prosecutors lay out case to keep Nehemiah Griego locked up

The state is arguing that a man who killed his family as a teen is not capable of rehabilitation and should remain locked up. 

Nehemiah Griego was just 15 years old when he shot and killed his parents and three younger siblings in 2013. 

Tuesday in court, the prosecution continued its fight to keep him from being released, saying he remains a danger.

Prosecutors presented required evidence about the seriousness of the crime, whether it was premeditated, and prior delinquent behavior, all of which, they say, weighs against him. 

“Nehemiah’s statement to police, where he says after he had killed his mother and brother, ‘I turned off my conscience and I let the beast out,’ I think that sums it all up,” prosecutor Mari Martinez said. 

Tuesday afternoon, the defense presented some of Griego’s mental health treatment, which required KRQE News 13’s cameras to leave the courtroom. 

Once the hearing is over, Judge Hart will decide either to release Griego for treatment or sentence him as an adult. That decision, however, could take until May.

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