Judge rules Hobbs teen’s murder conviction will stand

HOBBS, N.M. (KRQE) – The conviction and sentence of a 15-year-old who murdered an elderly Hobbs woman will stand.

Juan Rivas Jr. broke into the home of 83-year-old Clara Alvarez in July 2011 and stabbed her repeatedly as she slept.

He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, but his attorney filed an appeal arguing that Rivas had been improperly questioned by detectives without an attorney or guardian.

The Supreme Court ruled that while prosecutors erred in including that interview in his trial, there is no evidence those statements contributed to his conviction, so that conviction stands.

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