A Utah teen who is a suspect in his younger brothers’ double homicide is currently being held in a northern Utah detention center while police continue their investigation of the crime.
The victims, ages 4 and 10, were discovered dead in their home on May 22 after being left in the care of their 15-year-old brother. Both bodies had knife wounds, and police took two knives they believe were used in the homicides from the home.
The Father’s Wishes
It’s reported that the father of the three boys doesn’t want the teenager tried as an adult or given life without the possibility of parole for his alleged role in the double homicide. He believes that his son may be suffering from emotional or mental health problems.
What Happens to Minors Accused of Murder?
Minors can be tried as adults in Utah under certain circumstances. The district court has exclusive jurisdiction over any juvenile 16 years old or older who is charged with an offense that would be murder or aggravated murder if committed by an adult.
When a minor 15 years old or younger commits murder or aggravated murder, it’s first up to the prosecution to decide if they want to ask a juvenile court judge to have a hearing to certify the child as an adult. If the prosecution doesn’t make the request or the judge denies the request, the minor’s case will continue in juvenile court.
If it’s discovered that this young man truly is responsible for the double homicide of his brothers, hopefully he will receive the appropriate treatment—which isn’t always to be thrown in with adult prisoners.
Get Your Child the Help They Need
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