Apache County Attorney Criss Candelaria filed a one-paragraph motion in juvenile court to drop the murder charge accusing the boy of killing his father.
The motion gave no reason for the request, saying only that "the state believes the interest of justice will be served by such a dismissal."
On the Preaching to the Choir blog, Sarah says that a radical change has taken place in the way the prosecution is viewing the homicides. Yet, questions remain as to why both charges are not being dropped.
What I do know is we are getting a good lesson in why we all should not rush to judgment within hours of an investigation beginning.
Amen to that, Sarah.
What do you think happened? Why would they drop only the one charge and not the other? What ever happened to the boy's mother and step-mother? Have they been mentioned again?
About the cops questioning the boy without a lawyer or parent present, could that be partly justified by the video taping? By filming the proceedings were they demonstrating proper intentions? And where's that cop who spoke on the video last week saying the boy planned and executed a double homicide? I think he said it was pre-meditated and planned.
Did we ever agree on what age a person can be held responsible for their actions? We've executed a number of young men who committed their crimes as teenagers. Where do we draw the line? What's your opinion?