ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A teenage murder suspect’s mom claims her son is innocent of killing his 12-year-old friend.
News 13 heard from the mothers on both sides of the case. The suspect’s mom claims her son is developmentally delayed, and doesn’t understand why he’s in jail. She said he’s had a problem his whole life.
When 15-year-old Brandon Villalobos was charged with killing his 12-year-old friend, Alex Madrid, earlier this week, Villalobos’ mom claims her son was coerced to confess to something he didn’t do.
“When I talked to him the last time, he’s like mom why am I here, why are they charging me with something I didn’t do, and I didn’t say?” said Loretta Villalobos, Brandon’s mom.
But Valencia County Sheriff’s deputies said Villalobos, who’s a special needs student at Los Lunas High School, led them right to Madrid’s body, which was left in a field underneath a mattress, in Meadowlake.
The victim’s mom tells News 13 investigators got it right. “Before my son was even found, I knew Brandon Villalobos was the one that murdered my son,” said Roxanne Madrid, Alex Madrid’s mom.
The two boys were together the night Madrid disappeared. Investigators said Villalobos changed his story, then admitted to hitting Madrid after an argument, and hiding his body.
The suspect’s mom said her son is confused. “You know he’s got a mind going in between a three-year-old and a fifth-grader, he doesn’t understand,” she said.
Villalobos’ past includes battery charges, and fighting. In at least two cases, attorneys claimed “not guilty by reason of insanity.” His mom told News 13 those instances relate to her son being bullied.
“He was bullied a lot because one of his conditions, and they always called him names,” said Villalobos’ mom. “He would push back, he never really hurt anybody you know, he would just push back.”
The suspect’s attorney told the judge this week, Villalobos doesn’t understand the murder charge he faces. It’s unclear at this point what that means for his case.
Villalobos’ mom told deputies the same story her son originally told them, which is that the last time he saw Madrid, they were approached by three other boys in the field who wanted to fight them.
Villalobos claims he hit one of the boys, and ran away, and assumed Madrid went home. Villalobos’ mom said she feels for the Madrid family as well The two families haven’t spoken since the teen’s arrest.