ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A judge has rejected the defense suggestion that Albuquerque Police Department detectives questioned “mobbing” murder suspect Jeremiah King so relentlessly that his will was “overborne,” in the language of a seminal case from 1860, and King changed his story as a result.
That means his statement, in which he eventually says he fired three times, can be used at his trial, currently set to take place in October.
King was one of six youths charged in the June 2015 murder. Ryan Archibeque entered a June plea to four felonies that expose him to a potential 15-year sentence. Co-defendants Andrew Hubler and Christopher Rodriguez are set for district court trials in December and January. Charges against two other defendants are being handled in juvenile court.
King was a 16-year-old homeless dropout at the time he was questioned by APD Detectives Leah Acata and Joshua Brown about the series of “mobbing” incidents by youths breaking into cars and homes, culminating in the fatal shooting of bartender Steve Gerecke in the driveway of his home. King’s attorney, Tom Clark, seeking to exclude the statements, argued that his young client told detectives four times that they were confusing him, that he had no family or attorney present, and that King denied the shooting 24 times before finally admitting he was the gunman.