A young couple reportedly partied at a bar after allegedly murdering a 19-year-old girl, then argued about how to dispose of her corpse in text and Facebook messages!
We’re learning more about the 15 year old suspect, who is reportedly a girl, accused of killing 9 year old Elizabeth Olten. KMIZ is reporting that the home searched shortly after the body was found is the same home where the teen suspect lives. Yesterday we learned from neighbors that police searched the home of Elizabeth’s friend she was last seen playing with. So what’s the connection? Police won’t say, but some reports, including one from Good Morning America and ABC news, suggest that the teen suspect is actually the big sister of Elizabeth’s friend.
Cops will not reveal how Elizabeth was killed, but are seeking first degree murder charges against the teen. A hearing was held this morning where a juvenile court judge was scheduled to hear arguments as to why the teen suspect should be allowed to go home until the next hearing in the case in November.
Those arguments never took place. The attorney representing the teen waived the hearing on her behalf. As a result, the 15 year old will remain at the juvenile detention center until the November 18 certification hearing. As far as the certification hearing is concerned, the judge will have 10 criteria to consider when deciding whether the teen should be tried as an adult or juvenile:
• Seriousness of offense and consideration of public safety if suspect should be transferred to general jurisdiction
• Whether the offense involved vicious force and violence
• Whether the offense was against a person or property, with greater weight given to offenses against a person, especially if personal injury resulted
• Was the offense part of a repetitive pattern of offenses, where the child may be beyond rehabilitation under the juvenile code
• The record and history of the child in the juvenile system and other courts will be considered
• The sophistication and maturity of the child as determined by considering home, other environmental and emotional conditions, and pattern of living
• Age of the child
• Consider the programs available to the juvenile system
• Whether or not the child will benefit from treatment or rehabilitation programs available to the court
• Racial disparity and certification