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Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013 10:00 pm | Updated: 3:27 pm, Tue Jul 16, 2013.

State District Court Judge Mary Marlowe ruled Monday that a teenager accused of killing two men at a party on Christmas night can only be charged with second-degree murder, and not first-degree murder as prosecutors had hoped.

In making her ruling, Marlowe noted that the state had failed to prove that Joe C. Rivera’s killing of John Griego, 23, and Nicholas Baker, 29, outside a party at the Valle Vista housing development off N.M. 14 last winter had been “deliberate” (arrived at as a result of careful thought), one of the criteria for a first-degree murder charge.

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  • Jolene Lockhart posted at 10:17 am on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    Hart2Hart1111 Posts: 11

    Oh, just save the state a lot of money and sentence him to one year. Isn't this what Santa Fe does? All murders- one year served. No big deal to the judges. LOL...how much you want to bet, this is what he will serve!!! What a joke! But a drug dealer for pot will get 10 years. Hummm! Personally, I don't feel safe living here anymore. No consequence for murder her in Santa! So why not? is the message judges are sending!!!

     
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