- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) - A 15-year-old youth is accused of fatally shooting a 30-year-old man in Truth or Consequences.

District Attorney Clint Wellborn said a judge ruled during a preliminary hearing Thursday that the youth must stand trial as an adult on an open count of murder and a tampering with evidence charge.

State police said the youth surrendered soon after the Sept. 20 shooting death of Jonathan Regalado.

The Associated Press is not identifying the youth because of his age.

Wellborn said the youth would face up to life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder.

Defense attorney Lee Deschamps said the boy was clearly acting in self-defense. He says witnesses said Regalado was advancing toward his client with an object in his hand and a knife was found next to his body.

Deschamps says the victim had a violent relationship with the boy’s mother and put a gun to her head just two weeks before the shooting.

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