Teen accused of killing 12-year-old to be tried as an adult

Updated: 02/28/2014 5:13 PM | Created: 02/28/2014 11:29 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

A teenager accused of killing a 12-year-old Albuquerque boy will be tried as an adult in the case.

On Friday, District Attorney Lemuel Martinez announced 15-year-old Brandon Villalobos will be charged as an adult in the beating death of Alex Madrid.

Martinez said it was not an easy choice to make.

"This is like children killing children. Every case is a tough decision," he said.

Valencia County deputies found Madrid's body last Tuesday in a field in Meadow Lake. Sheriff Louis Burkhard said he died from trauma injuries.

Burkhard said Villalobos admitted to hitting Madrid in the face after an argument over Villalobos' daughter and then hid his body under a mattress in the field.

It will be up to a grand jury to decide to indict Villalobos on first or second degree murder charges. The grand jury will also decide if Villalobos remains in a juvenile detention center until his trial.

The district attorney is also giving the judge the option to sentence Villalobos as a youthful offender if he's convicted, which means the judge would not have to impose the maximum sentence for an adult.

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