Knipfings Notes: Will there ever be an answer to Griego Murders?

January 26th, 2013 at 10:35 am by under Latest Posts

It has been a heck of a week. The murders of five members of an Albuquerque family dominated the news.




All the usual adjectives seem trivial.

15-year-old Nehemiah Griego is accused of killing his mother, two sisters and a brother, at their South Valley home. Sheriff’s detectives believe he started the killing it early Saturday, shortly after midnight. The mother and one of the girls apparently were murdered as they slept. Investigators say the brother and the other girl, were awake and crying when they were killed. From what we know so far, Nehemiah waited for his father to come home five hours later and gunned him down after he walked into the house.

Sheriff Dan Houston says the boy texted a picture of his mother’s body to his 12-year-old girlfriend. He later spent most of the day with the girl before the case blew up Saturday night and he was arrested.

The only “good” thing to come of all this is that it wasn’t much worse.

Investigators say Nehemiah told them he sat outside a South Valley Walmart in the family van for about an hour Saturday. He says he had loaded weapons with him and thought about shooting people at random so that police would come and kill him. A lot of people in that Walmart never knew how close they came to dying.

The extended Griego family has issued a statement saying they are concerned that the media was portraying Nehemiah as a monster. It said he is a bright, talented boy who was never in any trouble.

His uncle, former State Senator Eric Griego went on national TV and said much the same thing. He also claimed the 12 year old girlfriend egged Nehemiah on, adding that he’s shocked she has not been charged.

The Sheriff’s Department says she is considered a witness. A spokesman says she has been interviewed, has provided a statement and that at this time there are no pending charges. That seems to leave a door open for further developments.

There are many developments still to come in this case. It seems likely there will be a challenge to Nehemiah’s confession. His uncle said sheriff’s detectives should not have allowed a fifteen year old to waive his right to have a lawyer or an adult present when he was questioned.

That said, there are no indications that anyone else killed Nehmiah’s family. If he is convicted or there is a plea deal, the case will come down to another battle over sentencing. Cody Posey who killed his father, stepmother and stepsister when he was 14 years old in 2004, was convicted of murder and manslaughter in the killings. But after an emotional hearing, his lawyer, Gary Mitchell, convinced the judge to sentence him as a juvenile. That meant he was locked up on until he was 21. Posey was released a little more than two years ago.

Then, and most compelling, is the question of “WHY?”

Will we ever get an answer? Can there ever be an answer that adequately explains a crime like this? Sheriff Houston told reporters Nehemiah indicated he was frustrated with his mother. Every teenager is frustrated with his parents at one time or another.  Surely frustration cannot be the motive for five murders. Could it?

The only thing we can be certain of is that there’s a lot more to come on this grim, unsettling story; none of it good.

Stay tuned.

Written by: Dick Knipfing. Dick is an evening news anchor for KRQE News 13.

See complete coverage of the Griego Murders including time line of events, photo galleries, in-depth stories and extra video. Griego Murders »

11 Responses to “Knipfings Notes: Will there ever be an answer to Griego Murders?”

  1. Juan Chavez y Chavez says:

    So a 12 tear old girl egged poor little Nehemiah on?
    What a joke Bro.
    And this little boy wanted to join the military when he grew up?
    What a bigger joke Bro.

  2. jessica says:

    That’s way the world is so messed up cause laws
    Aren’t strict enough , they boy will just get a slap in
    The hand and be free or the judge will say he is mental and instead
    Of jail he would go to a mental hospital,

  3. Juan Chavez y Chavez says:

    I think that if he is found guilty,they should fry him and send him back to his maker.
    Let God have h

  4. Juan Chavez y Chavez says:

    Typo………Let God have him back.

  5. Juan Chavez y Chavez says:

    Hey just saw a picture of the family crib.
    How did a security guard night watchman at a homeless shelter afford that place Bro?

  6. Dave says:

    Mr Knipfing,

    A very hard read for sure!

    Why is going to be the hardest area – and to see the little childrens faces brakes the heart. I walked and drove by the location of incident many years.

    Off subject-Well said and after 40 years of watching on the news from KGGM to KOAT-KOB back to KGGM-KRQE I can say I would rather it be about your love of the Doger’s or even the DUKES when in Albuquerque farm team baseball team or you and Howard Morgan when he would bring in the vegtables from his Garden and draw all the weather pictures with a marker.

    On subject-Hopefully closure also…
    Old School Dave

    1. Dave says:

      Gee moederated your last name that’s the moderator for you yet it was posted with your name???

      1. Dave,

        Thank you for your comments. There was a setting error in the blog that has since been adjusted to unblock Mr. Knipfings name.

        Paulette Mastio
        Digital Director KRQE News 13

        1. Dave says:

          Thanks software can do that!

  7. Juan Chavez y Chavez says:

    My girlfriend likes to watch d***.

  8. Juan Chavez y Chavez says:

    do the news.

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