Teen accused of killing 12-year-old pleads not guilty

Updated: 03/21/2014 2:17 PM | Created: 03/21/2014 12:28 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

The 15-year-old Valencia County boy accused of killing his 12-year-old friend pleaded not guilty during his arraignment on Friday afternoon.

Brandon Villalobos faces a first degree murder charge in the death of Alex Madrid.

A judge set his bond at $500,000.

Last month, Valencia County Sheriff Louis Burkhard said Villalobos admitted to hitting Madrid in the face during an argument in Meadowlake. Deputies found the boy's body in an open field the next day.

Villalobos is being tried as an adult in the case.

Brandon Villalobos, 15, is accused of killing 12-year-old Alex Madrid.

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