Being accused of murder, rape or another violent crime is a serious situation for anyone in Utah to be in. However, such charges are particularly serious when the accused is a teenager with the person’s whole life ahead of the individual.
A Utah teenager, age 16, is being accused of killing a 12-year-old girl. He recently appeared in court on charges of rape of a child and aggravated murder. The alleged incident took place in July 2015. According to the authorities, the boy allegedly went to the girl’s home and told her he needed assistance finding his missing cat. While the prosecution wants the boy tried as an adult, the defense maintains that the boy may not be mentally competent. His next court date is April 12.
This case raises a number of interesting points. First of all is the issue as to whether the boy will be tried as an adult or not. If he is tried as an adult, this could have significant consequences. In addition, there are questions as to whether the boy is mentally competent. This too will have an important impact on the case. It is important whenever an individual is accused of a violent crime, such as murder, that all of the individual’s constitutional rights are upheld.
For these reasons, anyone charged with a violent crime in Utah should make sure they understand the charges they face as well as the possible penalties associated with such charges. When people are charged with violent crimes, such as murder, assault and battery they need to quickly take steps to protect their rights and their future.
Source: cachevalleydaily.com, “Teen charged in girl’s death appears in court,” Jan. 7, 2015