Defense attorney weighs in on case of slain family

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The public defender who is representing a New Mexico teen accused of gunning down his parents and younger siblings says it's too early for anyone to rush to judgment about the teen's mental state, motives or plans.

Nehemiah Griego, 15, is facing murder and child abuse charges in the deaths of his family. They were all found shot to death inside their rural home south of Albuquerque last Saturday.

Public defender Jeff Buckels says now is the time for diligent inquiry and calm reflection.

Family members have criticized the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department and the media for their portrayal of Griego in the days following the murders.

On Thursday, Sheriff Dan Houston again described the case as "horrific" and said he stood by the facts as presented in the investigation.

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