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New Mexico teen accused in death of 12-year-old friend heads to court

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    Debris is seen in an abandoned lot south of Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, where authorities say the body of a 12-year-old boy was discovered. Valencia County Sheriff Louis Burkhard said the body of Alex Madrid of Albuquerque, N.M., was found in the field Tuesday after his parents reported him missing. The 15-year-old taken into custody in connection to Madrid’s death has been identified as Brandon Villalobos. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)The Associated Press

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    An old basketball in an abandon lot south of Albuquerque is shown where authorities say the body of a 12-year-old boy was discovered, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Meadow Lake, N.M. Valencia County Sheriff Louis Burkhard said Alex Madrid of Albuquerque was found in the field Tuesday after his parents reported him missing. The 15-year-old taken into custody in connection to Madrid’s death has been identified as Brandon Villalobos. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)The Associated Press

A 15-year-old New Mexico boy accused of killing his 12-year-old friend is scheduled to appear in court for a detention hearing.

The teen is slated to go before a Valencia Country judge Thursday, two days after he was charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence.

Sheriff Louis Burkhard says Alex Madrid, of Albuquerque, was found dead Tuesday in a field west of Los Lunas after his parents reported him missing. Burkhard says the boy appears to have died from severe trauma.

The teen's attorney, Cindy Mercer, didn't immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press.

Under New Mexico law, the state can charge minors as adults only if they are at least 14. The AP typically doesn't identify juveniles charged in crimes.

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