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Motion for change of venue and supression of 911 tape denied in murder case involving 10-year-old boy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The boy who was charged with first degree murder for shooting his father in the head when he was 10 years old will face justice in Valencia County later this month, after a judge denied a motion Thursday that the case be tried in another county.
And prosecutors can introduce a tape of the call the boy made to 911 ‑ in which he said he’d just shot his father in the head and that he needed medical help ‑ since the judge also denied a defense motion to have that tape kept out.
That means that Benjamin Hilburn, now 14, will stand trial starting August 26 before Judge George P. Eichwald, making him the youngest killer in New Mexico, and possibly the whole country, to face a first-degree murder case.

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