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15-year-old indicted on murder charge

A 15-year-old New Mexico teen accused of killing his 12-year-old playmate has been indicted on a murder charge.

A Valencia County grand jury indicted the teen on charges of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence.

Thirteenth Judicial District Attorney Lemuel Martinez said last week that he intends to try the 15-year-old as an adult.

An arrest warrant affidavit says the teen hit Alex Madrid, of Albuquerque, on the left side of his head, then placed him under a mattress in a rural field outside Los Lunas.

The teen told investigators he hit Madrid in self-defence because Madrid tried to stab him with a screwdriver.

Under New Mexico law, the state can charge minors as adults only if they are at least 14. The Associated Press doesn't typically identify juveniles charged in crimes.

The Canadian Press

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