Special prosecutor to handle NM shooting case

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Associated Press

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 5:30 PM

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico district attorney is having another county's prosecutor handle this week's shooting at a Roswell middle school due to a conflict of interest.

Chaves County District Attorney Janetta Hicks said Friday that she knows the parents of the 12-year-old who's accused of bringing a shotgun to Berrendo Middle School on Tuesday, opening fire in a crowded gym and wounding two classmates.

Hicks says she also attends the same church as the boy's grandmother and she has known the school principal her entire life.

Clovis District Attorney Matt Chandler has been appointed as the special prosecutor.

The seventh-grader is facing charges as a juvenile with three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

A 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl were wounded. A school staff member suffered minor injuries.

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