LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) – Justice will have to wait a little longer for the family of a murdered 12-year-old. Brandon Villalobos, accused of killing his younger friend in 2014, appeared in court Monday for a competency hearing.
Villalobos appeared before a judge with his attorney who is arguing he is not competent to stand trial.
Investigators say the Valencia County teen killed Alex Madrid by beating him to death in Meadow Lake in early 2014. The boy’s body was then hidden under a mattress.
Earlier this year, the defense said Villalobos was found incompetent to stand trial. Prosecutors Monday presented another evaluation stating he could be competent to stand trial if he gets treatment. However, both sides could not agree on his level of competency in court.
The judge is now requiring the teen to seek treatment under the supervision of the Department of Health to determine if he could stand trial.
“This man should proceed with further evaluation of the defendant so we will send him to the Department of Health for an evaluation whether he can be treated to competency,” said Judge James Sanchez.
Family members of the victim were all at the hearing dressed in red shirts with Alex Madrid’s picture on their backs.
KRQE News 13 spoke to Alex’s mother after the hearing and she believes Villalobos is competent to stand trial, and her vision of justice is seeing him locked up.
“I don’t want to remember all that anymore. I just want to be happy with my son, going to visit him, and having his memorial, and having everybody there. Because I’ll never have my son again, and it ain’t fair,” said Roxanne Madrid.
Brandon Villalobos’ evaluation from the Department of Health could take anywhere between 90 days to nine months. They will then come back to present a report to the judge to decide if he is competent.