Accused Cleveland HS shooter to remain in custody, undergo mental evaluation | KOB 4

Accused Cleveland HS shooter to remain in custody, undergo mental evaluation

Marian Camacho
February 18, 2019 05:28 PM

SANDOVAL COUNTY, N.M. - KOB was in the courtroom as a Sandoval County judge ordered 16-year-old Joshua Owen to remain in custody.


Police say he fired a shot inside V. Sue Cleveland High School Thursday morning before school. No one was hurt in the incident.

Owen's attorney had requested he be released to his parents, who stood behind him in court Monday, but that request was denied.

The judge also ordered that Owen undergo a mental evaluation after his attorney said Owen has "serious mental health issues."

"He's been having issues and has been in therapy," said Owen's defense attorney, Steve Archibeque. "One of his primary doctors had requested an evaluation be done, a neuro-psych."

Archibeque said Owen is low-functioning and was on an educational plan at school.

According to court documents, Owen had made a "kill list" that included his ex-girlfriend. 

Owen's attorney said once they raise the issue of competency, the case will likely be put on hold until the psychological evaluation is complete.

Owen is facing three counts of attempted murder and other charges. 


Marian Camacho

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