- Associated Press - Monday, November 10, 2014

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - A state court has overturned a Portales teenager’s 2011 murder conviction and ordered a new trial.

The Clovis News Journal (https://bit.ly/1sx86fp) reported Monday that the New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled statements the boy made to investigators were inadmissible because his age precluded him from waiving his Fifth Amendment rights.

He was 13 at the time of the July 2010 fatal shooting of 21-year-old Angel Vale.

The teen was convicted of second-degree murder in the case and remanded to a Children, Youth and Families Department group facility until he is 21 - the maximum punishment allowed for a juvenile.

The ruling overturns a pretrial ruling by a District Court judge that allowed the teen’s statements.

Prosecutors say they may ask the state Supreme Court to review the lower court’s decision.


Information from: Clovis News Journal, https://www.cnjonline.com

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