DA pushing to get teens charged in homeless killings tried as adults

Updated: 07/21/2014 3:31 PM | Created: 07/21/2014 11:33 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

The Bernalillo County district attorney's office on Monday confirmed they will push to have two teen boys accused of killing two homeless men tried as adults in the case.

According to district attorney spokeswoman Kayla Anderson, 15-year-old Gilbert Tafoya and 16-year-old Nathaniel Carrillo will be treated as if they are 18 years old but will be held at a juvenile detention center. Both teens are considered serious youthful offenders, which includes any child age 15-17 who is indicted or bound over for first degree murder.

Both teens are expected to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court. Alex Rios, the 18-year-old teen charged in the case, will also appear in metro court on Monday afternoon.

Albuquerque police said all three teens admitted to killing two homeless men sleeping in a vacant lot on 60th Street at Central. According to the criminal complaint, the boys also admitted to using bricks, sticks and a metal fence pole on the victims.

All three are each charged with two counts of murder and conspiracy.

Albuquerque Public Schools spokesman Rigo Chavez said all three teens had left the district and were not enrolled in any APS schools at the time of the incident.

The suspects also told police they had attacked at least 50 homeless people throughout the city over the past couple of months. Albuquerque police are trying to figure out if any recent unsolved crimes against homeless people may have been committed by these teens.

APD encourages the homeless, advocates and outreach groups to report anything they've heard to (505)-242-COPS or to Crime Stoppers at (505)-843-STOP.

Gilbert Tafoya, 15, and Nathaniel Carrillo, 16, are each charged with two counts of murder and conspiracy.
Alex Rios, 18, is also charged in the slayings of two homeless men.

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