SILVER CITY (AP) — A state district judge has cleared the way for an Albuquerque teenager accused of killing his father during a 2010 hunting trip to be tried.

Judge J.C. Robinson determined during a preliminary hearing earlier this week that there was sufficient evidence to proceed with a trial.

Authorities say the teen was 16 when he allegedly shot and killed his father, 43-year-old Jeff Manning, while hunting in the Gila National Forest.

He is accused of hiking out and driving away before calling his mother from a restaurant along Highway 35. Police reports show the teen told investigators he debated before pulling the trigger.

The teen will be tried as a serious youthful offender. If convicted, he will be sentenced as an adult.

A date for the trial has not been set.