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Updated: Hearing Delayed Again for ABQ Teen Accused of Killing Dad

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Defense raises issue of competency for 16-year-old Thomas Manning; Monday’s scheduled hearing put off.

A preliminary hearing for 16-year-old Thomas Manning, the Albuquerque teen who is accused of killing his father Jeffrey Manning while the two were on a hunting trip in the Gila on Nov. 14, was postponed for the fourth time Monday, after his defense attorney raised the issue of her client’s competency to stand trial, the Silver City Sun-News reported.

The hearing had been set for Monday in Silver City Magistrate Court, but a motion regarding Manning’s competency, which was sealed from the public, was filed Friday, Deputy District Attorney George Zsoka told the Sun-News.

“They’ve (the defense) raised the question of whether he is competent to stand trial,” Zsoka told the paper on Monday. “It’s pretty much automatic in this state that all proceedings in the case are suspended until the issue is resolved.”


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7:30am 2/2/11 — Hearing Postponed for ABQ Teen Accused of Killing Dad:
Preliminary hearing for 16-year-old Thomas Manning now set for Feb. 28.

A software glitch forced the postponement of a preliminary hearing for an Albuquerque teen who allegedly shot his father to death on a hunting trip in the Gila last November, the Silver City Sun-News reported.

Thomas Manning, 16, is facing an open count of murder in the Nov. 14 shooting death of his father, Jeffrey Manning, while the two were hunting in the McKnight Canyon area, the Sun-News said.

A preliminary hearing that had been set Monday in Silver City Magistrate Court was postponed because Manning’s defense attorney, Stacey A. Ward of the state’s Capital Crimes Unit, has been unable to open video files of Manning’s statements to Grant County sheriff’s deputies, Deputy District Attorney George Zsoka told the Sun-News.

The hearing, originally scheduled for December, was pushed back at Ward’s request because of the volume of documents and reports generated by the case, the paper reported.

According to court documents, the hearing is now scheduled for Feb. 28, the Sun-News said.

Manning is being held at the Luna County Detention Center on a cash or bail bond of $500,000, according to the paper.

 


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7:15am 1/5/11 — Hearing Next Week for ABQ Teen Accused of Killing Dad on Hunting Trip: Up to 20 people could testify at preliminary hearing in Silver City for 16-year-old Thomas Manning.

A preliiminary hearing for Thomas Manning, the Albuquerque teenager accused of shooting and killing his father during a November hunting trip, has been set for Jan. 14 in Silver City Magistrate Court and could include testimony from up to 20 witnesses, the Silver City Sun-News reported.

Manning, 16, is facing an open count of murder for allegedly killing his father, Jeffrey Manning, on Nov. 14, while the two were hunting in the McKnight Canyon area, the Sun-News said.

Deputy District Attorney George Zsoka has submitted a list of 19 potential witnesses at the hearing, including Thomas Manning’s mother, Christina Ramirez; nine officers with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office; a Border Patrol agent; and two employees at Bryan’s Pit Barbecue on Highway 35 in Mimbres, where Thomas Manning asked to use the phone to call his mother after the alleged shooting, the paper reported.

Zsoka told the Sun-News on Tuesday he probably won’t call all those on his witness list, but wanted to have all his bases covered.

The preliminary hearing originally had been scheduled for December, but Manning’s attorney, Stacey A. Ward of the state’s Capital Crimes Unit, asked that the hearing be postponed because of all the documents and reports the case has generated, the Sun-News said.

Manning remains in custody at the Luna County Detention Center on a $500,000 cash bond, the paper reported.

 


 

1:30pm 12/6/10 — Preliminary Hearing for ABQ Teen Will Be After First
of Year: 16-year-old is accused of the fatal shooting of his father
last month while they were on a hunting trip in the Silver City area.

A preliminary hearing for an Albuquerque teenager accused in the shooting death of his father while hunting in the Silver City area has been pushed back until after the first of the year, the Silver City Sun-News reported.

The newspaper said that according to court documents Magistrate Court Judge Ron Hall approved the court order to reset the preliminary hearing for 16-year-old Thomas Manning because the attorney representing the teen has not had time to go through the evidence in the case. An exact date was not immediately set, according to the Sun-News.

Manning is charged with an open count of murder for allegedly killing his father, Jeffrey Manning, on Nov. 14 while the two were on a hunting trip in the McKnight Canyon area, the newspaper said. The teen is being held in the Luna County Detention Center in lieu of a $500,000 bond.

 

 


 

 

Friday, 19 November 2010 18:50

 

Shortly before an Albuquerque teen shot his father, he stood behind him, a hunting rifle in his hands, and debated whether to pull the trigger, authorities said.

Thomas James Manning, 16, told Grant County Sheriff’s deputies that he and his father were on a hillside watching for deer during a hunting trip Sunday in McKnight Canyon, about 30 miles east of Silver City, when his father turned his back.

The teen stood behind his 43-year-old father, Jeff Scott Manning, and began to have “a bad thought” about killing him, according to a court document.

The teen, with his finger on the trigger, pointed the rifle at his father’s back. He then began “arguing within himself” about whether to kill his father.

Moments later he was standing over his father’s dead body.

Manning told authorities he did not feel bad about killing him, the court document states.

The new details are contained in a court document released recently.

After staring at his father’s body for a while, the teen got into his father’s vehicle and drove along nearby Highway 35 in Mimbres, stopping along the way several times.

He thought about running because he had just done a “bad thing,” the court document states.

The teen then stopped at a restaurant along Highway 35 and reported that his father had been killed.

Authorities said the teen initially told Grant County Sheriff’s deputies that he shot his father when his gun accidentally discharged. But authorities said he later recanted his story and admitted to deliberately pulling the trigger.

The document does not reveal a motive for the slaying.

Thomas James Manning, a 10th-grader at Albuquerque’s Freedom High School, is charged with an open count of murder, and a notice to seek an adult sentence for the teen has been filed by the deputy district attorney in Silver City. The teen is being held at the Luna County Juvenile Detention Center.

According to Albuquerque police reports, the teen fought with his father and threatened to kill him on April 15. The mother previously told police she was “scared” of her son, according a police report.

Another report said the teen suffers from depression.

 

 


 

 

Friday, 19 November 2010 12:08

 

A preliminary hearing is expected the week of Nov. 29 in Silver City for an Albuquerque teenager who has been charged with an open murder count in his father’s death.

Grant County authorities say the shooting near Silver City initially was reported as a hunting accident but inconsistencies in the story led to charges.

The 16-year-old boy was calm as he answered questions during arraignment Thursday in Silver City before Magistrate Ron Hall, who explained charges the youth could ultimately face, from first-degree murder to manslaughter, and the consequences of each.

The body of 43-year-old Jeff Manning was found Tuesday in the McKnight Canyon area.

The teen is being held at the Luna County Detention Center in Deming and appeared by a video linkup.

Hall set bond at $500,000.

 

 


 

 

Friday, 19 November 2010

 

Bail for an Albuquerque teen accused of fatally shooting his father Sunday was set at $500,000 cash or surety by a Grant County Magistrate judge in Silver City on Thursday.

Thomas James Manning, 16, who is charged with murder, also was advised of his rights and has been assigned a public defender, according to G. George Zsoka, the deputy District Attorney in Silver City. Zsoka has filed a notice of intent to seek an adult sentence for Manning, who is being held at the Luna County Juvenile Detention Center.

Manning allegedly fatally shot his 43-year-old father, Jeff Scott Manning, during a hunting trip Sunday in McKnight Canyon, about 30 miles east of Silver City, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Albuquerque police reports, the teen fought with his father and threatened to kill him on April 15. The mother had previously told police she was “scared” of her son, according to one of the police reports. Another report said the teen suffers from depression.

 

 


 

 

Wednesday, 17 November 2010 05:40

 

An Albuquerque teen accused of fatally shooting his father during a weekend hunting trip may be charged as an adult, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

The District Attorney’s Office in Grant County on Tuesday filed a notice of intent to seek an adult sentence against Thomas James Manning, 16, a 10th-grade student at Freedom High School in Albuquerque, the Journal said.

Manning has been charged with an open count of murder in the death of his father, 43-year-old Jeff Scott Manning, during a hunting trip in McKnight Canyon, about 30 miles east of Silver City, the paper reported.

The elder Manning’s body was found just after 11 a.m. Tuesday in the area where his son told Grant County sheriff’s deputies the shooting occurred, the Journal said.

Thomas Manning initially told deputies on Sunday that his gun discharged and that he accidentally shot his father, but he later recanted his story and admitted deliberately shooting his father, Sheriff Raul Villanueva said.

According to the Silver City Sun-News, the teen hiked out of the McKnight Canyon area and walked into Bryan’s Pit Barbecue on Highway 35 in the Mimbres area around 6 p.m. Sunday and asked to use the phone to call his mother, said Theresa Smith, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Bryan.

Smith then called 911 to report the incident after Manning said his father had been shot, the Sun-News said.

According to KOAT-TV, the teen was charged in August with battery for allegedly attacking his father in his mother’s northeast Albuquerque home when the father tried to break up a fight between Thomas and his mother.

The younger Manning also had an encounter with police in February when he brought a knife to Del Norte High School, Action 7 News reported. A friend told KOAT-TV that Manning was often bullied.

 

 


 

 

1:15pm 11/16/10 — Searchers Find Body of Hunter in Southwest N.M.: Man’s 16-year-old son has been charged in the death.

 

Searchers have found the body of a man whose son told authorities he accidentally shot his father while the two were hunting in the McKnight Canyon area of southwestern New Mexico.

The 16-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with an open count of murder as Grant County authorities investigate.

Grant County Sheriff Raul Villanueva confirms the man’s body was found Tuesday. The man has been identified as 43-year-old Jeff Manning.

State Police search and rescue officials said the body was found by Border Patrol agents working with a dog.

County sheriff’s deputies said they responded Sunday night to a call about an accidental shooting in Mimbres.

 

 


 

 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

 

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office has charged a 16-year-old boy with murder in the shooting death of his father during a hunting trip Sunday in McKnight Canyon, about 30 miles east of Silver City.

The youth, who is from Albuquerque, told deputies that he “accidentally” shot his 43-year-old father and left him in the canyon while he went to get help, according to Lt. Fermin Lopez. The sheriff’s office did not release names Monday evening.

“Through our investigation, we have determined this is not an accidental case and have (deemed) it a homicide case,” Lopez said.

Deputies and investigators searched for the father’s body in the area of the canyon where the boy said the shooting took place. The father had not been located as of Monday night. The search is to resume this morning.

 

 


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