The state filed a motion Wednesday, asking the case against a 14-year-old girl accused of stabbing her cousin to death be transferred into adult court.
The 14-year-old girl, who is not being identified, appeared in court Wednesday afternoon. She was formally charged with one count of murder. Her mother kept her head down, crying, and shaking as the charge was read. Beforehand, once she saw her daughter, she whispered “I love you” to her and blew the girl two kisses.
The girl was found about a mile away. Detectives said her clothes and hands were covered in blood. One of Leon’s grandmother’s said the boy may have been stabbed 16 times.
In court, the judge did not authorize releasing the probable cause affidavit in this case to the media nor the public. Also in court, the state requested this case be transferred and tried in adult court.
“We have met our burden. At this point, the burden is upon the respondent to show that it’s both in her best interest and (in the) best interest of the safety and welfare of the community,” said Peter Haughan with the Marion County Prosecutors Juvenile Division.
A waiver hearing has not been scheduled. Public Defender Robert Newell asked the judge for more time to review the case. Newell said he plans to find out everything he can about the 14-year-old girl. He said this case is serious and tragic. He said his client understands what she has been charged with.
“I don’t know that comprehension goes any farther than the awareness she’s been given that charge. I’m not sure her comprehension runs any deeper or not,” Newell said.
For the time being, the girl will remain detained. The attorney’s will have to be back in court at the end of May. The next court date for the girl has been scheduled for the beginning of June.
State requests teen accused of murdering cousin be charged as adult
The teenager was officially charged with one count of murder in connection with the death of 4-year-old Leon Thomas III.
Leon Thomas III (May 9, 2012)