Roswell shooting suspect ruled competent

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) -A district court judge has ruled 12-year-old Mason Campbell is competent to stand trial for January’s school shooting at Berrendo Middle School.

“The court finds that Mason Campbell is competent to proceed to a adjudication in this children’s court proceeding,” said District Court Judge Freddie Romero.

Campbell’s defense entered a mute plea meaning he plead not guilty in juvenile court.

His defense requested a 30-day extension to decide if he’ll take a plea deal or if his case will go to trial.

The prosecutor, Matt Chandler, agreed with the extension.

Campbell’s accused of opening fire in the gym of Berrendo Middle School in January, hitting Nathaniel Tavarez and Kendal Sanders.

Both of the victim’s families were present at the hearing.

They were tearful as the judge announced his ruling.

“It’s so difficult that I’m barely beginning to ask him how much he can see. That’s  how hurtful it is,” said Nathanial’s grandpa Eloy Miranda.

Chandler says the last few months have been very difficult for the victim’s families.

“Nathanial and Kendal were two purely innocent victims in this case. They were in the wrong place at the wrong time and unfortunately they suffered the consequences of a horrific act,” said Chandler.

A new hearing is set for April 29.

At that time, a judge will decide if Campbell’s case will go to trial or if another hearing will be set.

If he’s found guilty, he could be locked up until he’s 21.

Campbell will be held at the Bernallio County Juvenile Detention Center until his next hearing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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