Teen killer Nehemiah Griego to remain behind bars at MDC


Teen killer Nehemiah Griego, who murdered his family, sat before a judge again Thursday. 

The judge ordered Griego to be moved to MDC while he awaits another hearing to reconsider his sentence. 

Griego was supposed to be released on his 21st birthday next week, but Thursday the state revealed that Griego has said that if he went to jail he would kill guards and others, so the judge found he was a threat to the public. 

Griego was just 15-years-old when he murdered his parents and three young siblings in their South Valley home. 

The Attorney General took Griego’s conditions of release to the Court of Appeals who then determined a judge should hear the case. 

Thursday, temporary Judge Michael Martinez heard testimony from a detective that responded to the scene where the bodies were found. 

He described the gruesome scene he saw when in the home and said Griego showed no remorse. 

The defense continually interrupted testimony objecting as to why it was relevant. Ultimately, the threats he’s made while in custody and the nature of the crime made the judge feel Nehemiah was a danger. 

Arguments were made that Griego should not be moved to MDC because of violence he could encounter there, but because of his age, the judge determined that he will be transferred to the county detention center. 

Griego’s attorneys still have about two weeks to request the Supreme Court look over the Appeals Court decision. 

The state has also requested an amenability hearing. 

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