Judge to decide if Campbell is fit to stand trial

March 25, 2014 • Local News

A competency hearing for 12-year-old Mason Campbell, the boy accused of shooting [auth] two classmates at Berrendo Middle School, is scheduled for Friday afternoon in Roswell.

The hearing, set for 1:30 p.m. Friday, will determine if Campbell is competent to stand trial.

Police say Campbell, armed with a shotgun, opened fire in the middle school on Jan. 14, seriously wounding two students before a staff member persuaded him to put down the firearm.

All parties have received a competency report on Campbell, and the judge will decide on Friday whether Campbell is competent.

On Tuesday, Special Prosecutor Matt Chandler had no comment on whether, based on his review of the competency report, he thought Campbell should stand trial.

Campbell has been charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of bringing a firearm onto school property, said Chandler.

The shooting at Berrendo Middle School took place in a gym where students had gathered to stay warm from the frigid weather outside before the start of class.

Wounded were 12-year-old Nathaniel Tavarez and 13-year-old Kendal Sanders. Both children are recovering from their wounds.

Campbell will be tried as a juvenile in connection with the shooting. He was not charged as an adult because of his age, in accordance with New Mexico law.

No one under age 14 in the state can face adult sanctions, authorities said.

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One Response to Judge to decide if Campbell is fit to stand trial

  1. aegarcia2 says:

    well he sure was competent when he was loading that shotgun with shells, now he goes and shoots two innocent children changing their lives forever and now they wanna see if hes crazy??? Well crazy he is for what he preplanned to do, Now I know he is still a child but we all know right from wrong at that age, so now he needs to be given some form of treatment what is putting him up going to do??? nothing, he needs to be evaluated and taken to Las Vegas NM for the remainder of his young years until he is the age of 21 guaranteed them 9 years will certainly do him some good, Im sorry for coming off but also think of nathaniels and the little girls pain and suffering.

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